Stop salmon farm expansion in Lamlash Bay
Following strong community opposition, in December 2016 Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham called in an application of the Scottish Salmon Company to increase its production of salmon by 60% in Lamlash Bay, next to our community marine reserve and within the recently enforced South Arran Marine Protected Area. After withdrawing this application (Read COASTs August 2017 Newsletter) they are now intending to apply for a much larger expansion, doubling their production.
Our community is determined to stop further pollution in our bay and the risks this expansion poses to our livelihoods and precious environment. As a first step, the company now needs to apply for planning permission to North Ayrshire Council, consult the public and produce an Environmental Impact Assesment.
Please let the council know this process needs to be widely publicised and share your concerns with our political representatives (see Take Action). Together we can stop the expansion of this destructive form of aquaculture in Scotland's West Coast.
Caged salmon farming in the media in 2017
News stories in the Guardian, Financial Times, Telegraph, Herald Scotland, BBC, Scotsman covering Scotland's Salmon Farming Industry in 2017
Arran Seas not for Sale
Check out our leaflet, where we explain why we are opposing the Scottish Salmon Company's plans to double their production of caged farmed salmon in Lamlash Bay, within the South Arran MPA.
Farmed Salmon: Superfood?
The chemical residues in farmed salmon, which reach our supermarket shelves, and enter our childrens’ bodies, are not monitored by the supermarkets or the Food Standards Agency but through a miniscule number of samples taken by the UK Government Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), under EU legislation. Of the c.23 million salmon produced in Scotland in 2016 only 91, yes 91, samples of muscle and skin were tested for residues of the same pesticide which is fed to the salmon in Lamlash Bay. We understand that no exclusive samples of fatty tissue are analysed, which is of course where higher concentrations of accumulated chemicals will reside.
Through a freedom of information request it became clear that of the 91 samples taken that 3 samples exceeded pesticide limits and those 3 samples were all taken from Scottish Salmon Company salmon, which had been overdosed through an error in their biomass measurements.
The only action taken by the VMD was that the SSC was given written advice on the responsible use of veterinary medicines. This woefully inadequate sample size will only be giving us a glimpse of the problem and indicates that at least hundreds of thousands of salmon with neurotoxin residues, which exceed allowable limits, have entered our supermarkets and our bodies.
There is no precautionary principle being applied here by the industry or by our authorities as the sea lice become more and more resistant and higher and higher doses of neurotoxin pesticides are required.
COAST Policy on Aquaculture
COAST supports aquaculture if it can be shown to be sustainable. We believe that shell fish farming such as mussel farming has far less impact than salmon farming and that land-based closed containment tanks are preferable to open cage fin fish farms at sea.