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