Protect Orkney's Scapa Flow from Fish Farm threats
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If you care at all about our planet and a potential loss of outstanding beauty and natural diversity read on.
Salmon Farms: There have been three recent planning applications made to Orkney Islands Council in Scotland for Salmon Farms in Scapa Flow - at Lober, St Margaret's Hope; the island of North Hunda; and Glimps Holm.
The impact of these Salmon Farms will be considerable: - threats to sea otters, seals, seabirds and marine life. They will create an eyesore in an otherwise beautiful and extensive seascape, and pollution from the fish and chemicals used to treat fish stocks will destroy the delicate ecology of the nearby sea.
Orkney is a place of rare and wild beauty. The seascape views are phenomenal and the wildlife exceptional. Seals abound, as well as sea otters, a host of rare migratory and residential birds. There are areas near the proposed fish farms which will be especially sensitive to disruption to their environment.
If the planning applications are approved nature, the views and the environment will be placed under threat: Wildlife will be disturbed by the Fish Farm and its activities: seals may be shot under license if they pose a threat - and with established seal colonies close by at Hunda this will be inevitable; otters and predatory birds may die, entangled in the fish cages and netting; wild fish may become diseased and affected by sea lice, a known problem with farmed fish. Seawater in the vicinity will be polluted by waste from the farmed fish and the medicines or antibiotics used to treat them.
Please sign the petition - whether or not you live in Orkney or even if you have never visited the islands. A loss of a precious, natural habitat is a loss to the planet. Don't let it be sacrificed for the short-term financial gain of a few.
If you have never visited Orkney do come. It's truly magical. We must keep it that way.
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