saveseilsound campaign report to December 2012

The very effective saveseilsound campaign group has been in existence for nearly two years now.

During this time,  apart from campaigning against the expansion of industrial fish farming around Seil, Shuna and Melfort,  the group has taken part in various consultations run by the Scottish Government, including those on aquaculture, shellfish dredging and environmental litigation.

They are currently engaging with the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee [RACCE] of the Scottish Parliament, which is considering the draft Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill.

saveseilsound formed in early 2011, to coordinate opposition to the proposed massive expansion of the industrial fish farm at Ardmaddy and its relocation thereof to Port na Morachd, further South in the main navigable channel leading to Cuan Sound.

Shortly afterwards, the company involved in this, Lakeland Marine Farm Limited, applied for permission to expand one of its other installations in the area, at Pol na Gile – and the campaign became involved in opposition to that as well.

They are entirely funded from their contributors’ own resources and are accordingly beholden to no-one.

Attached below is a report for this, the second year of the campaign group’s existence, in which group member, Ewan Kennedy looks at the situation today in respect of these two fish farm applications; and at where the group itself has come.

The planning issues considered in this report include:

  • the negative economic impact
  • visual intrusion of cages and concrete barges
  • debris on shores
  • constant noise from diesel generators
  • underwater lighting destroying the night sky
  • danger, noise and unsightly mess from the shooting of seals in the Cuan
  • loss of local wildlife – seals, otters, dolphins, porpoises
  • destruction of the wild salmon and seatrout

In order to operate a fish farm the applicant requires to obtain a lease from the Crown Estate and a number of consents, principally planning consent from the local authority and a CAR licence (discharge consent) from SEPA to permit the dumping of waste and toxic substances in the environment.

The report considers how the applications for Port na Morachd and Pol na Gile are meeting these requirements.

Ewan Kennedy’s report is here: Saveseilsound Campaign Group Progress Report End of Second Year

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