Over the last couple days, the deadline for the Controlled Activities Regulation applications for two fish farm projects in the Clyde area have come to the end of their public consideration phase, and we managed to get a couple responses in.
CAR/L/1003268 is an application by The Scottish Salmon Company to greatly expand their Ardyne point installation, in Loch Striven, across from Port Bannatyne. This closed on June 5th.
CAR/L/1178003 is an application by DawnFresh Farming to get permission to fish farm off Ardentinny, in Loch Long. This closed today, June 7th.
We’ll shortly have the letter we rushed to get in put up on our resources page, and properly converted into a template, so that as further CAR applications are made to SEPA, we have a ready response to opposing them on many well established grounds.
Yesterday, Sat May 25th, the Bute Outdoor Swimming Society held an organised outdoor swim from Kilchattan Bay pier, to Glencallum bay, and back.
The event was attended by 9 swimmers, 4 kayakers as water support, and many shore walkers who followed along the West Island Way.
One of the aims was to swim across the path of the proposed fish farm site in that area, to show that the coast is used by many different kinds of people, and that the fish farm would either disrupt or prohibit this in the future.
To see other pictures, join the group, or find out more about swimming around Bute, you can visit the Facebook Group page below.
Dawnfresh has invited members of the Bute Community Council to visit them at their Loch Etive facility on June 20th, and we’ve been invited along as well.
We will be taking with us the research we’ve done fighting fish farms, and listening carefully to what they have to say in regards to their applications.
We will also be trying to get in contact with the Friends of Loch Etive, the group there that have been fighting Dawnfresh’s continual expansion of their site, dumping of equipment on their shorelines, and other effects from their farm’s operation.
We now know the date! June 25th, Dawnfresh comes to Bute. They’ll be holding two ‘Drop-In’ sessions during the day for people to stop by, ask questions, and make your concerns known.
While not as good as an actual Public Meeting with a dedicated Q&A session, we’ll be writing up a shortlist of concerns and problems fish farms in general face, and the site at Hawk’s Neb in particular for you to be extra preppared when dropping in.
Since we became aware of the fish farm proposals on the Clyde, we’ve been bringing it to the attention of the Bute Community Council.
We’ve kept the issue in focus since March’s meeting, and will continue to do so. The BCC is now registered as a Consultee to the process, and is organising a meeting with the fish farm company, Dawnfresh, for the public to have their say with them, soon.
The Community Council represents the island public, but needs people to attend to inform their responses. Please consider if you can make it along to the next meeting, June 19th, 7pm, at the Bute Museum, to lend your support.
I have begun getting the reference documents onto the Resource page. Currently you can find a link to the Argyll and Bute Council document system for the Screening and Scoping application.
You will also find the Consultee Responses to the application, and related documentation from the Council and other bodies that provide information that inform objections to the proposal. In the upcoming days, notes will be added under the documents highlighting important sections and points.
This article describes how 62 community members attended a meeting with Dawn Fresh and only 4 raised their hands in approval of the fish farm after Dawn Fresh spent the evening promoting it.
Amazingly, with only 6% of those attending in favour of the proposal DFF saw the meeting as positive and said they will continue to engage with the community to explain the complexities of the proposal. Thus treating the community members as ignorant and unable to judge the merits of the proposal for themselves.
Many residents on and visitors to Bute enjoy spotting the marine wildlife that we share our coasts and waters with. Clyde Porpoise is running a community project in which anyone spotting marine wildlife can report what they see and help to build a picture of the number and geographic spread of the marine wildlife in our area. Just go to online sightings form and complete as much information as possible – what type of animal was spotted (there is a drop down menu including types of whale, porpoise, dolphin, shark, otter, turtle, etc), the date, the time, how many were spotted, any birdlife that may have been seen, weather conditions, etc.
Taking part in this project could help to either fight the Dawnfresh fish farm proposals altogether or influence their use of Acoustic Deterrents.