Fish farm furore

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If the vol­ume and sen­ti­ment of let­ters re­ceived by the Ar­ran Ban­ner is any­thing to go by, it would ap­pear that the pro­posed fish farm ex­pan­sion in Lam­lash Bay and the sub­se­quent let­ter from the CEO of the Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany, has hit a nerve with many Ar­ran res­i­dents.

The as­ser­tion by the ap­pli­cant, that a full pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dents and or­gan­i­sa­tions will be un­der­taken, along with a screen­ing and scop­ing re­quest, not only shows a will­ing­ness for trans­parency and co-op­er­a­tion but is sure to an­swer a mul­ti­tude of con­cerns, on both sides of the de­bate, as the ben­e­fits and draw­backs be­comes ap­par­ent and re­veal them­selves.

The rights, as­pi­ra­tions and ob­jec­tives of each side seek­ing to agree on a sat­is­fac­tory res­o­lu­tion – not nec­es­sar­ily mu­tu­ally agree­able – ap­pear to be at di­a­met­ric op­po­sites.

In a sim­i­lar fash­ion to the man­ner in which the South Ar­ran Ma­rine Pro­tected Area has be­come a case study for ed­u­ca­tional and con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions, the out­come of this de­bate be­tween big busi­ness and lo­cal pop­u­la­tion will set a stan­dard that will have fur­ther im­pli­ca­tions for aquatic farm­ing and ma­rine con­ser­va­tion along the West Coast of Scot­land and much fur­ther field.

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