Bute fish farm plans on hold - for now

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.

Two proposed fish farms for the waters around Bute have been taken off the table - for now, at least.

That announcement was made by the Scottish Salmon Company at this week’s meeting of Bute Community Council, at which there was a heavy public presence.

The proposed developments for fish farms at White Port, near Kilchattan Bay, and the Straad have been shelved due to a conflict of interest in the White Port area.

Rebecca Dean, environmental manager at the Scottish Salmon Company, said: “The Crown Estate has identified a BT cable running through northeast end of the White Port area. That seabed cannot be shared, so we will not be progressing with the White Port development.

“Because we are not progressing with that, we are also putting the Straad site on hold. This is because we want to look for an alternative for White Port, and we need to review all other locations in Clyde and around Bute to find a location for its replacement.

“We would like to be able to progress with more than the single site.”

Ms Dean continued: “New site exploration revealed a number of locations which we are now going back to. The thing to say is that the south Clyde and Bute specifically is a very attractive area for development. We have infrastructure and sites in the area. We also know the environmental conditions around Bute are excellent for salmon fishing, and there is also a workforce available.”

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