Bute business owner’s concerns over fish farm proposals

White Port, near Kilchattan Bay, is no longer being considered by the Scottish Salmon Company as a potential site for a fish farm development.

White Port, near Kilchattan Bay, is no longer being considered by the Scottish Salmon Company as a potential site for a fish farm development.

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A Bute business owner has said that the installation of two fish farms in the waters around Bute would make his business “so much harder to advertise”.

Roddy McDowell of Kayak Bute told Bute Community Council’s guest presenters from the Scottish Salmon Company that their proposals - which, as we report on page 1, have now been put on hold for the time being - would harm his company, Kayak Bute.

“It [Kayak Bute] has been running for a number of years, and it brings quite a number of people to the island to sea kayak,” he said.

“We’re also about to see the publication of a sea kayak guide to Bute and the waters of the Clyde which will be widely publicised.

“I had three clients out today, and will have more out tomorrow around Inchmarnock.

“They come to see the seals. They do not come to see, basically, an industrial-sized battery farm floating in an area of outstanding scenic beauty.

“The development of a fish farm in somewhere like the Straad and the coastline around this stunning island will make this business much more difficult to advertise. They do not want to see something like this in the area.”

Mr McDowell’s comments attracted applause from the 55-or-so members of the public who attended Wednesday’s community council meeting in Rothesay Pavilion.

* Read more about why SSC have shelved the plans for two fish farms on Bute by clicking here, and to read more from the presentation at Bute Community Council see this week’s Buteman - on sale from Thursday, July 23.