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To: North Ayrshire Council

Halt salmon industry expansion around Arran!

Halt salmon industry expansion around Arran!

Please do not grant permission for new or expanded salmonid production sites in the North Ayrshire Council islands & coastal area.

Why is this important?

The Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament have stated in regard to large-scale open-cage salmon production "If the current issues are not addressed this expansion will be unsustainable and may cause irrecoverable damage to the environment." The Community of Arran Seabed Trust say that the consequences of large numbers of fish deaths, contamination by fish sewage, food waste, chemicals and medicals will be detrimental to the environment, health and economy of the Isle of Arran and its neighbours.

The proposal by the Scottish Salmon Company for a new and larger site off the north-east coast of Arran will not only spoil the enjoyment of a previously undeveloped part of the island, but also disturb the native wildlife such as otters, seals, porpoises and basking sharks.

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Reasons for signing

  • I love the Scottish coast ...important to protect it and the environment for natural native sea fish...damage and exploitation need not and should not be allowed.
  • arrans pristine sea needs to kept that way, a salmon farm would ruin this.
  • Just read the recommendations of the Scottish Parliaments ECCLR committee report into Salmon Farming. There should be a moratorium on all salmon farm expansions.

Updates

2019-11-22 17:47:13 +0000

We have recently received confirmation that the Planning Committe Meeting to decide the outcome of the Scottish Salmon Co’s North Arran application has been delayed until the 22nd January 2020. This was at the request of the SSCo and also Scottish Natural Heritage.

2019-10-24 13:52:27 +0100

Which "Scottish" salmon company that wants to build a 5,000 tonne production site at Millstone Point of Arran tried to stop the Scottish Government releasing photographs of injured and diseased salmon? Don't let them get away with it - sign this petition!

https://theferret.scot/salmon-photos-scottish-government-freedom-of-information/

2019-09-25 14:03:23 +0100

Despite evidence to the contrary with record levels of disease, sealice infestation and fish deaths, Roseanna Cunningham, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform says “There is insufficient evidence to support a moratorium on the industry’s expansion”. Tens of thousands of people in Scotland disagree with her - please sign our petition and show your opposition!

2019-09-20 09:00:02 +0100

This letter from Newfoundland explains why open-cage salmon production is no longer a viable option; if it is necessary to produce salmon on an industrial scale, closed-containment or re-circulating aquaculture systems are a better method.

https://www.thetelegram.com/opinion/local-perspectives/letter-comparing-open-net-to-recirculatory-fish-farming-353911/?fbclid=IwAR2VRR1hftz075v0rWz25lrzf-Zt5WqIbQ08TBkPoBTVO0cb7dp730DMATI#.XYPoz4fQfxY.facebook

2019-09-18 16:18:47 +0100

We made the Sunday Post! Is Oor Wullie with us now? ;-)

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/hundreds-create-human-chain-on-isle-of-arran-to-protest-proposed-new-fish-farm/

2019-09-16 11:05:23 +0100

Here's a shot of most of the people who walked the 4.5km to the site (and 4.5km back!) - there were also kayakers, yachts and other vessels at sea!

https://www.facebook.com/arran.coast/photos/pcb.2506612046065923/2506609439399517/?type=3&theater

2019-09-16 11:02:53 +0100

A gathering of people opposing the Scottish Salmon Co's planning application was held on Sunday 15th September:

https://www.facebook.com/arran.coast/photos/pcb.2506612046065923/2506608472732947/?type=3&theater

2019-09-15 21:25:07 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2019-09-11 13:03:37 +0100

The Arran community are organising a gathering on Sunday 15th September at 1.30pm in North Sannox Picnic Area to show public opposition to the proposed salmon site.

Further details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/395251997845685/

2019-09-11 12:43:59 +0100

The Scottish Salmon Company have now lodged their application to construct a mega-site on the North-East coast of Arran!

Links to the relevant North Ayrshire Council web page, together with the ways you can express your opposition, can be found here:

https://www.arrancoast.com/responding-to-the-north-arran-salmon-farm-planning-application/

Please continue signing and sharing this petition too!

2019-04-24 09:09:06 +0100

With suggestions that the officially toxic salmon industry is a major contributor to the devastation of Scotland's wild Atlantic salmon population, it's time to stop their expansion plans:

BBC News - Scotland's wild salmon stocks 'at lowest ever level'
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48030430

2019-04-11 09:30:30 +0100

Reports reveal extent of damage to marine environment by toxic substances from salmon industry:

Check out @ScottishEPA’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/ScottishEPA/status/1115968814657736705?s=09

2019-04-06 18:07:13 +0100

At a public exhibition on Tuesday, the management of the Scottish Salmon Co refused to address the residents:

https://www.arrancoast.com/fish-farmers-label-islanders-as-rabble/

2019-03-29 20:14:49 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2019-03-22 18:45:44 +0000

500 signatures reached

2019-03-21 17:45:32 +0000

100 signatures reached

2019-03-21 16:48:59 +0000

50 signatures reached

2019-03-21 16:27:33 +0000

25 signatures reached

2019-03-21 16:11:59 +0000

10 signatures reached