A new wave of op­po­si­tion

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Af­ter an ex­ten­sive two-year bat­tle to cur­tail fish farm­ing in Lam­lash Bay, the com­mu­nity has re­acted an­grily to the news that the Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany plans, once again, to seek to ex­pand its op­er­a­tions.

Seem­ingly un­per­turbed by pub­lic opin­ion and con­cerns about the en­vi­ron­men­tal con­se­quences of off-shore fish farm­ing in Lam­lash, the highly prof­itable busi­ness is cer­tain to once again face ma­jor op­po­si­tion from Ar­ran or­gan­i­sa­tions who have fought long and hard to es­tab­lish and se­cure the Lam­lash Bay no take zone and South Ar­ran ma­rine pro­tected area of which they are fiercely pro­tec­tive and rightly proud of.

Hav­ing al­ready shown their op­po­si­tion by lob­by­ing, demon­strat­ing and re­sist­ing an in­crease in fish farm­ing op­er­a­tions, en­vi­ron­men­tal groups, vil­lage com­mit­tees and con­cerned in­di­vid­u­als are, even at this early stage, well pre­pared for an­other fight.

For­ti­fied by the be­lief that gov­ern­ing bod­ies are look­ing af­ter large scale busi­nesses in­ter­ests and profit mo­tives over lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age, they are call­ing for proper en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact stud­ies to be un­der­taken and for fur­ther ac­count­abil­ity from the fish farm­ing in­dus­try.

It is bound to be a long drawn out en­deavor and one that is cer­tain to con­tinue to face a tide of op­po­si­tion and lo­cal re­sis­tance.

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