Marine News from John Kinsman

Marine Accident Investigation Branch will not recover Missing Fishing Boat Marine accident investigators do not intend to recover the wreck of the missing fishing boat FV Nancy Glen which sank in Loch Fyne. Duncan MacDougall and Przemek Krawczyk were on board the Nancy Glen when it sank on 18 January. The MAIB had been surveying …

COAST begins its series of public meetings about the proposed salmon farm expansion

COAST has begun to hold public meeting around the island to discuss the proposed expansion of the Lamlash Bay fish farm. The photo was taken at the well-attended Kildonan Hall meeting on the 19th October. The audience discussed the environmental damage caused by this form of open cage aquaculture, where toxic chemicals and excrement pollute …

Fish Farm-ageddon

With the announcement by Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) that it intends to submit an even more expansive planning proposal for its fish farm in Lamlash Bay the community of Arran finds itself in another battle to save its sea from the harm caused by an expanded fish farm. The community of Arran had thought it …

Scottish Ministers are caught out!

Scottish Ministers tried unlawfully to protect the worst-performing fish farms from public scrutiny. Scottish Ministers have been ordered to disclose the names of Scotland’s ‘liciest’ salmon farms to Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland. The Scottish Information Commissioner has decided that Scottish Ministers tried unlawfully to protect the worst-performing fish farms from public scrutiny. The Scottish …

COAST News: Continued salmon farm expansion in Arran’s MPA

COAST News Following the recent withdrawal by the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) of their application to expand their farm within our Marine Protected Area at Lamlash Bay, the Jersey-registered, banker-owned, Oslo-traded company, have almost immediately announced that they will be reapplying to expand the farm further and put in place newer and larger open cage …

North Sea Cod recovering from overfishing

from John Kinsman, Coastwatch St Monans Sustainably sourced North Sea cod is back on the menu after the Marine Stewardship Council said stocks had recovered from overfishing. Cod levels fell from 270,000 tonnes in the 1970’s to 36,000 tonnes on 2006. Laws on quotas, modified equipment and closing spawning areas to fishing have helped stocks …