Fish farm industry Scotland’s second dirtiest as two Loch Etive fish farms named

Second only to the waste industry, the fish farm industry -aka aquaculture – was the worst offender in Scotland for environmental pollution.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency [SEPA] has listed 50 fish farm sites across Scotland in its account of Scotland’s worst polluters.

The focus of offending is on sea bed pollution.

Two Argyll fish farms – both in Loch Etive – have been named in this list.

  • Port na Mine Fish Farm – described as Very Poor – for using an unauthorised site and for issues related to data and envirinmental monitoring.
  • Loch Etive Fish Farm – for the submission of unsatisfactory monitoring reports, breaches of authorised stock density and unreliable data.

Both of these sites are operated by Dawnfresh, a name not infrequently in the media for various concerns as to its operations.

The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation has dismissed these issues as ‘largely administrative’.

Data and record keeping are indeed ‘administrative’ – but they provide the evidence for the environmental performance of fish farms, good or bad. This in an essentially dishonest spin.

Companies making the massive profits that the fish farm industry makes – profits largely shipped out to foreign owners and shareholders – have the resources to get their ‘administrative’ systems up to acceptable levels.

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5 Responses to Fish farm industry Scotland’s second dirtiest as two Loch Etive fish farms named

  1. ‘The focus of offending is on seabed pollution’ – but what about all the derelict fish farm cages and other gear adorning the coastline of what we like to think of as our ‘pristine environment’?

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  2. In my experience these farms can have a significant effect on the local marine life. Two examples from my own experience relate to the anchorages off the old pier in Lamlash Bay, Arran and the one off Craighouse, Small Isles, Jura.

    In the 1960s and beyond, these anchorages were choked with thick seaweed and virtually unusable, as anchors could not get through the weed and dragged very readily with any strength of wind. The provision of HIDB moorings at Craighouse was thus very welcome.

    Both bays were subsequently used for fish farming and within a few years the seabed was a clear sandy bottom; great for anchoring on. Last summer, Craighouse was weedy but this year it’s clear again.

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  3. “This in an essentially dishonest spin” (sic).

    It would appear that the dishonesty lies in the article, since if one reads through Sepa’s list, the vast majority are indeed breaches due to incorrect or missing paperwork (where would we be without that bit of paper with some tickboxes on eh?).

    To categorise these with the toxic pollution events that Sepa has had to deal with is a bit disingenuous to say the least.

    Having said that, if a business is genuinely polluting the environment (as evidenced by benthic enrichment in some of the cases on the list) then they should be dealt with in exactly the same way as any other polluter.

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