COAST publishes regular newsletters highlighting issues relating to the marine environment of Arran the Clyde, Scottish and international, coastal waters.
Newly protected seas threatened by fish farms
West coast communities feel manipulated by corporations and ignored by government
07/11/2016 Arran, Scotland:
Following recent applications to develop salmon fish farms in Scotland’s newly created Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), community groups along the West coast of Scotland are joining forces to oppose what they consider a breach of common sense. These communities believe they should have a real say in the approval of future developments on their shores and be involved in the planning and monitoring of these if given approval. They are concerned that the government is acting in the interest of internationally-based corporations instead of in the interest of coastal communities and sea life. The 250 salmon farms that have been developed across Scotland’s iconic West Coast threaten the future of a world famous environment that attracts millions of visitors each year.