Fish farm proposal is to be resisted
Sir, In a letter published in the Argyllshire
Advertiser (July 21), Alexander Hamilton dismisses, in a very patronising manner, my concerns about the proposal for a fish farm in the Sound of Jura Marine Protected Area.
I find the proposals unacceptable and have raised several issues with the relevant government minister. I have met objectors and I am more than willing to continue to argue the case against the development in question.
I would have thought that Mr Hamilton, if his objective is to ensure a united front against this particular plan, would have welcomed that.
I am not, however, going to be part of a wholesale rejection of every aquaculture proposal, which is the position of some, like Mr Hamilton, who – as his letter illustrates – often take an abusive and very partisan approach to anyone who rejects their fundamentalist views.
To describe aquaculture as ‘seabed rape’, as Mr Hamilton does in his letter, is extreme, foolish and fundamentally untrue.
Aquaculture, in the right place and managed in the right way in accordance with the strict regulatory framework, provides high quality produce, much-needed local employment and – in places such as Argyll – helps the perpetual fight against depopulation and economic decline.
Furthermore, neither I nor the SNP will be the final arbiter of any plan- ning or licensing application. That will be decided by the laws currently in force, as it should and must be. Michael W Russell, MSP for Argyll and Bute.