Screening of ‘Artifishal’ – 9th July in Lamlash

ARTIFISHAL will be screening at Arran Community Theatre in Lamlash, Isle of Arran. Tuesday 9th July @ 19:00.
Admission by donation.
Open to all.

Produced by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and directed by Josh “Bones” Murphy, ARTIFISHAL “brings into sharp focus the plight of wild fish due to hatcheries and fish farms. The film takes us inside hatcheries in California, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, where we witness the conditions of factory fish farms as well as the genetically inferior, dumbed-down salmon they churn out in massive numbers. At a wrecked net-pen farm outside of Cyprus Island, Washington State, nets swing in the tide after more than 240,000 diseased, drugged factory fish escaped into the wild population. In a beautiful fjord near Alta, Norway, the underwater destruction and disease caused by an open-water fish farm are seen first-hand as activists record the devastation. These stories are echoed in fish farms across the west coast of Scotland.”

“Humans have always thought of themselves as superior to nature and it’s got us into a lot of trouble. We think we can control nature; we can’t,” notes Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia founder. “Fish farms and open net pens only treat the symptoms and not the causes of the problem. If we value wild salmon, we need to do something now. A life without wild nature and a life without these great, iconic species is an impoverished life. If we lose all wild species, we’re going to lose ourselves.”

“The majority of European salmon farms are in Norway and Scotland where they have been wreaking havoc on coastal ecosystems. The planned expansion of the industry into Iceland’s pristine fjords using open net pens is extremely concerning. Governments are not doing enough to ensure that wild salmon and their habitat are protected from the devastating impacts of these farms”.

The European campaign, which runs alongside the launch of the film, Artifishal, is focused on the fish farm industries in Iceland, Norway, and Scotland. Patagonia is teaming up with NGOs in these key countries to call for a moratorium on new open net salmon farms and a phase out of existing ones as soon as possible. Please sign the petition.

The Scottish Government is supporting a doubling of the aquaculture industry in Scotland by 2030.
Many people on Arran, including COAST and their supporters, are opposed to any open-cage fish farms in any of the waters around Arran; we along with many others, including the National Trust for Scotland, have called for the Government to halt the expansion of the industry across Scotland until it can be proven to be sustainable.

With the impending application by the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) for a mega salmon farm off Millstone Point on the north-east coast of Arran, the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) are encouraging people to become more aware of the detrimental impacts that the industry has on our precious marine habitats and the species that rely on them. If you haven’t already, please sign the petition to oppose the proposed Millstone Point development here.

 

COAST invite you to the showing of Artifishal and join them for a post-screening discussion with guest panellists, including Dr Sally Campbell from Arran and Corin Smith from Inside Scottish Salmon Feedlots.