The energetic and high profile saveseilsound campaign began as a lobby to protect the important waters of Seil Sound from the pollution of salmon farming – and has become a point of reference for information on marine environmental research and regulation.
saveseilsound has now started a blog to enable constructive interaction between the campaign’s information base and everyone with information to share and questions to ask.
An early item – the top one at the moment – is a letter campaing member, Ewan Kennedy, has sent to Jamie McGrigor MSP, giving hims some facts on the ownership of the Scottish Salmon Company. The MSP, as the company name intends people to do, had assumed that it was ‘the only Scottish owned salmon farmer.
Mr Kennedy’s letter says:
‘Dear Mr McGrigor
The saveseilsound Campaign Group has noticed that you are being widely quoted in the Press describing the Scottish Salmon Company as the only Scottish owned fish farming company. In view of your reputation for accuracy we think it likely that you are being misquoted, but in case there’s any doubt about the matter may I draw your attention to the shareholder list, which the company publishes online here:
You will observe that none of the largest shareholders is in fact Scottish and the largest one is a Czech nominee. The other main shareholders all appear to be Scandinavian.
It’s likely that behind this nominee is a group of investors from further afield, as the Chairman Robert M Brown III, a Moscow resident and ex-Lehman Brother MD, is a partner of the Kazahkstan Investment Fund.
Scottish Salmon Company Limited has its registered office in Jersey, which may deliver certain fiscal advantages but certainly does not scream out any great willingness to contribute to the United Kingdom Treasury.
Ewan G Kennedy’