‘We want to engage with Bute,’ says fish farm boss

Craig Anderson, managing director of The Scottish Salmon Company.
Craig Anderson, managing director of The Scottish Salmon Company.

The boss of the Scottish Salmon Company says he wants to work with the community on Bute as the firm examines the potential for two fish farms near the island.

Craig Anderson, the firm’s managing director, spoke to The Buteman this week as the company unveiled plans for two information events in Rothesay later this month, giving islanders the chance to find out more about the aquaculture industry in general.

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC), which already operates at sites in Ardyne and Loch Striven, has examined two areas near Bute which it believes would be suitable for a salmon farm - at the Straad, off the west coast, and at White Port, between Kilchattan Bay and Glencallum Bay.

“It’s not a case of us going in to the island and saying we want to build something and then doing it,” Mr Anderson said.

“We want to engage all the time with the community. We want to work with everyone and that’s why we’re very open.”

The drop-in events are at Rothesay Pavilion on Monday, April 27 from 4-9pm and on Tuesday, April 28 from 10am-9pm.

* For more from our chat with Mr Anderson see the April 17 edition of The Buteman - on sale now.