Coastal communities turning the tide
As Fiona Gell recently wrote in The Guardian, it is ordinary people who are driving the future of conservation, the government is recognising this, and starting to listen to what coastal communities have to say.
SEPA’s CEO Terry A'Hearn and Aquaculture Specialist Mike Montague accepted our public invitation on social media to visit COAST this month. During a full day of discussion there were many straight questions from members of our community about SEPA's regulatory role and the proposed expansion of Lamlash Bay Salmon Farm. Terry later stated: "Great day with community members. Loved their enthusiasm, knowledge and determination to build a better future for their island. Has improved my understanding of community views re fish farming. A great day!". He was clear to all present that the salmon aquaculture industry needs to improve, that compliance is non-negotiable, and that SEPA expects to be held to account as an effective regulator.
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