YET AGAIN DAWNFRESH HAS APPLIED TO ENLARGE ITS OPERATION ON LOCH ETIVE

This time Dawnfresh has applied to increase massively the size of the existing farm by increasing the size of the existing cages at Port na Mine (Etive 3) onto a much larger grid – a 73% increase in the overall size of the farm.

BREAKING NEWS: QUOTE OF THE DAY

“the move of 70m pens to 80m pens reduces the number of pens required and therefore the physical impact whilst maximising efficiency”. R. Salvesen

Representation (click icon to view) Adobe PDF icon FoLE response (click icon to view) Adobe PDF icon


SEA LICE INFESTATION: NEW FoLE REPORT

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DAWNFRESH IS TRYING TO SALAMI–SLICE ITS WAY TO AN EVEN BIGGER FARM AT PORT NA MINE

Please note that although Dawnfresh claims they do not intend to increase the tonnage of farmed fish held at the Etive 3 farm in this application, at the Etive 6 Planning Hearing in Oban last February 2016, Dawnfresh made it quite clear that what they want at Etive 3 is a much bigger new farm, with more and bigger cages and a large permanently moored automated feed barge with many more farmed fish on the site.

This application is just step one – a classic tactic of Dawnfresh trying to ‘salami-slice’ its way to what it really wants, rather than seeking the whole expansion in one go, which Dawnfresh fear would raise massive opposition from the Etive community and result in the Council rejection.

And yet again, this expansion runs counter to the Loch Etive Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Plan, which was drawn up after extensive consultation with all the Etive communities.

This is the first step to a much bigger farm at Etive 3 – Dawnfresh has admitted as much – and with that, with more farmed fish, more pollution, more sea lice, more disturbance, more threat to Etive’s seals, birds and other wildlife, more industrialisation of Loch Etive.

Loch Etive is, of course, not a typical seawater loch. It is very special, with brackish water, deep still waters and slow water exchange over the Falls. All this makes Loch Etive the special place it is, for wildlife and for people… but Dawnfresh has proven time and again that it just doesn’t care about Loch Etive.

The planning history at Etive 3

What is the real purpose of the current application?

Further ‘salami-slicing’ of development at Etive 3

Landscape impact and further restrictions on the public right to navigate, recreate and fish over Loch Etive

The Loch Etive ICZM Plan

Cumulative effect on landscape since 2012

Benthic and wider ecological impact

Sea lice and wild fish

Escapes

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Please be sure to keep your objections to those matters the Council is permitted by law to take into account, such as:

  • the massive visual appearance and landscape impact the application will have;
  • that waste discharges and contamination from the new farm will be spread wider over the bed of Loch Etive;
  • that the intensification of operations – with or without an increase in the permitted biomass of farmed fish at the site – will increase the impact on nature conservation (wild sea-trout and salmon, otters, seals, crabs, other crustaceans);
  • that since Dawnfresh started its expansion, where they were not before, sea lice from Dawnfresh farms are now a real problem for wild salmon and sea trout on Loch Etive with a crash in salmon numbers recorded on the River Awe in 2016;
  • that a bigger farm will mean more nuisance such as noise, lights, fish-farm support vessels, interference in the public right to navigate and fish over Loch Etive;
  • that this will mean further interference in recreational and other boating;
  • that the associated moorings applications (see below) for up to 25 metre industrial boats, also at Etive 3, must be taken into account but haven’t been;
  • that this will mean an increase on Loch Etive as a whole of Dawnfresh operations interfering with existing uses e.g. fishing, tourism, nature conservation, recreational use of Etive;
  • that this will increase the economic threat to other Etive jobs, particularly tourism-related economy – no-one wants to visit an industrialised loch;
  • that Etive belongs to the entire community and not to Dawnfresh.

ADDITIONAL MOORINGS APPLICATION AT PORT NA MINE

Separately Dawnfresh has applied for two new industrial moorings at Port na Mine which will add to the massive detrimental impact on the landscape of their plans.

The Etive 3 moorings application on Loch Etive is application ID:05944/160415

For this application, the most relevant things to object to are the damage to the landscape caused by mooring large industrial boats up to 25 metres in length at Port na Mine and the further interference in the public right to navigate, fish and recreat over the entire surface of the Loch Etive. Also ask Marine Scotland why Dawnfresh needs these moorings? It already has many moorings at Inverawe – and already ties up its boats to its cages all over the loch – does it really need any more moorings?

Send your objection – headed “Etive 3 moorings – 05944/160415” – to MS.MarineLicensing@gov.scot

TOGETHER WE CAN PROTECT LOCH ETIVE, NOW, AND FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS