Fish farm company meets Bute public

The Scottish Salmon Company held an 'aquaculture information event' at Ballianlay Hall on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.
The Scottish Salmon Company held an 'aquaculture information event' at Ballianlay Hall on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

The company which is examining the potential for setting up two fish farms off the coast of Bute has held two furhter information events on the island this week.

The Scottish Salmon Company met members of the public at Kingarth Hotel on June 2 and at Ballianlay Hall on June 3 as part of the process which could lead to planning applications for sites at White Port, near Kilchattan Bay, and to the north of St Ninian’s Bay off the island’s west coast.

The Kingarth and Ballianlay events followed similar ‘aquaculture information sessions’ held at Rothesay Pavilion at the end of April.

Speaking at the Ballianlay session, the company’s environmental manager, Rebecca Dean, told The Buteman: “We’ve had people who are genuinely coming in to find out things; we’ve had people coming in to express support, and we’ve had people with some quite fixed views. This is our opportunity to try and talk to them and help them understand what fish farming is about today.

“It’s still very early in the process but if there are specific concerns these events will help us identify them and consider then in any further decisions.”

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