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Breaking News: ADD Controversy farm seeks to expand.

David & Jean Ainsley
Oban, SCT, United Kingdom

Sep 23, 2019 — 

BDNC salmon farm in Argyll, already one of the biggest farms in Scotland, is seeking to by 40% to 3500 tonnes. This farm was featured on the Countryfile programme, using 20 ADDs, each outputting a deafening 196 decibels, flaunting the law protecting porpoises, dolphins and whales.

This week, we photographed a huge hydraulic grab scooping up dead fish at the farm.

See the video for the full story. 

To add your voice to the consulation as to whether the increase should be allowed, please email SEPA at: registrydingwall@sepa.org.uk

Here is what we wrote, please feel free to copy, or even better, write your own and copy to your MSP/MP:

Dear Sir/Madam,

 
We object to application ref CAR/L/1004226 for MOWI’s salmon farm at Bagh Dail nan Ceann to expand by 40% to 3500 tonnes on the following grounds:
 
Disease: On 14th September 2019, fourteen people on our boat witnessed a grab removing large quantities of dead fish from the farm. A dive that evening filmed further dead and dying fish in the cages. It makes no sense to increase biomass when  at current biomass, the farm is unable to keep fish healthy.
 
Failure to comply with regulations: Two consents are required in order to operate an ADD where there are cetaceans: Planning Consent and a European Protected Species licence. The farm lies within the Inner Hebrides and Minches CSAC, designated for porpoises. Its 2018 planning permission states that it would use two of the lowestpowered ADDs, outputting 180 decibels. It is currently using twenty of the highest powered ADDs in the industry, each outputting up to 196 decibels. The farm does not hold the required European Protected Species licence. Marine Scotland, not SEPA are the regulatory body on this case, however it evidences a lack of will by MOWI to comply with regulations. 
 
Pollution: Mowi’s self-monitoring benthic survey found the cage edge station to fail benthic fauna criteria. All three AZE seabed monitoring stations failed the criterion for abundances of enrichment polychaetes. This should have resulted in a failure but MOWI claimed it was a ‘borderline pass’. Given that the farm should have failed its benthic survey at 2500 tonnes, how could it pass a future survey if granted for 3500 tonnes?
 
Sea Lice: The BCND farm is on a wild salmon migration route and close to two salmon breeding rivers. An article by Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland states: “Data recently published by the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) shows that the average adult female sea lice count per fish on salmon farms increased from 0.25 in April 2018 to 0.49 in April 2019 – an increase of 96%.” (Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland, 2019:https://www.salmon-trout.org/2019/08/21/sea-lice-numbers-on-salmon-farms-double-in-a-single-year/
 
Emamectin Benzoate: It would be wrong to issue a licence to use Emamectin benzoate at this farm while UKTAG recommendations for this product are still being considered. In light of recent scientific evidence, SEPA cannot know that harm will not result from using this chemical.
 
Cumulative Impacts: In the light of the recommendation by two parliamentary committees that the precautionary principle should be invoked and that the industry is not being regulated effectively, is SEPA certain that cumulative impacts from all five fish farms in the vicinity of Shuna island has been properly considered?

Signed,

 

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Video Music: Moorland by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


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