Concern at Bute fish farm potential

The Scottish Salmon Company has ordered three workboats from the Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company in Port Bannatyne: the latest, Erin Julia, was launched in November 2014.

The Scottish Salmon Company has ordered three workboats from the Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company in Port Bannatyne: the latest, Erin Julia, was launched in November 2014.

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A member of a protest group which campaigned against plans for a fish farm off Bute’s west coast has raised concerns after an Argyll company announced its intention to look at the potential for two sites near the island.

The Scottish Salmon Company, which is examining the potential for developments near the Straad, on the west coast, and at White Port, to the south-east of Kilchattan Bay, has approached Bute Community Council asking for the chance to make a presentation on the subject at a future BCC meeting.

BCC member Ray Beverley was part of the campaign group which opposed plans for a development to the north of Inchmarnock, eventually turned down in 2009 after a public local inquiry.

“This is the unspoilt side of the island, and we want to see it kept that way,” he said. “Visual impact is why the Inchmarnock proposal was eventually turned down.”

The Scottish Salmon Company has three sites near Bute - at Ardyne and in Loch Striven - while three workboats for the firm have been built by the Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company in Port Bannatyne since 2012.

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