Pol­lu­tion prob­lem

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Sir, I have been fol­low­ing the Lam­lash fish farm let­ters cul­mi­nat­ing in the two and a bit col­umns from Craig An­der­son. His dis­ser­ta­tion of­fers noth­ing but the usual plat­i­tudes about work­ing with all and sundry, yet he makes no real men­tion of the pol­lu­tion ef­fects ex­cept to say they would be min­imised. That is un­ac­cept­able. There should be no pol­lu­tion at all. He fails to say how the death toll of farmed salmon caused by lice and gill dis­ease is go­ing to be ad­dressed. I re­fer to the Sun­day Her­ald re­port of the mor­tal­ity of Ma­rine Har­vest salmon, 7,609 tons in 2016, all be­ing trans­ported by road to Widnes, Lan­cashire, to be burned.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is more in­ter­ested in the rev­enue from farmed salmon than the en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age it is do­ing. My own view is no ex­pan­sion till the dis­ease and se­abed pol­lu­tion are ended. On the se­abed pol­lu­tion, I be­lieve a sys­tem of suc­tion re­moval of solids should be used. Water­ways can be cleared with this tech­nol­ogy so why not salmon waste? I am sure re­luc­tance to spend money is the an­swer to that. Fi­nally, our seas world­wide are reach­ing pol­lu­tion sat­u­ra­tion and all the talk by big pol­luters of min­imis­ing the ef­fects of their ac­tions are of no value to our frag­ile world. The sea is the en­gine that pow­ers our planet so stop the rot now. Oh and why is a For­re­sian in­ter­ested in Ar­ran? My roots are in Ar­ran and boy­hood mem­o­ries of an­gling con­tests that filled bas­kets with fish be­fore greed killed that.

Yours,

Rod­er­ick C Mckay, Mo­ray.

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