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Growing steadily, growing sustainably

New farm or the proposed expansion of an existing farm, you'll find details of our current planning applications below. 

  • Scottish Sea Farms has been producing premium quality, home-grown salmon for close to two decades now  with company roots that go back over twice as long. 

    In that time, demand for Scottish farmed salmon has continued to grow and grow, both at home and abroad. 

    To help meet this increased demand, and to play our part in providing more protein-rich meals for a rapidly growing population, recent years have seen us apply for new farms or expand our existing farms in order to steadily and sustainably grow volumes. 

    In this section, you can find out more about some of our current planning applications. Simply click on the proposed development of most interest to you, using the tabs above.

  • Proposed Dunstaffnage farm expansion

    Located adjacent to the coastline between Oban and Dunbeg, our existing Dunstaffnage farm consists of 9x80m circumference salmon pens, contained within a 50m mooring grid. There’s also an 80-tonne capacity feed barge which stores fish feed, feeding equipment and an incinerator, along with office and welfare facilities for the farm team.

    Now, we propose to expand the current farm to 14x100m salmon pens within a 75m mooring grid with a new 300-tonne capacity feed barge. This, in turn, would enable our Dunstaffnage farm team to grow more salmon, up to a maximum biomass (the maximum weight of fish that can be stocked across the whole farm at any one time) of 2,350 tonnes. 

    A SEPA CAR Licence for this proposed expansion was approved on 17 March 2020; a copy of which can be downloaded below.

    All documents submitted in support of the planning application for this proposal can be viewed on Argyll and Bute Council's Planning Portal (Planning reference 20/02358/MFF). For ease of access, some of these documents are also available to download below.

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    Dunstaffnage Site Plan.pdf

    Dunstaffnage SEPA CAR Licence

    Dunstaffnage Landscape Visualisation - Viewpoint 1 (Ganavan).pdf

    Dunstaffnage Landscape Visualisation - Viewpoint 2 (Ben Lora).pdf

  • Environmental Impact Assessment

    Prior to submitting our proposal to expand our existing Dunstaffnage salmon farm, we prepared a full and detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report which considers and assesses the environmental effects of the expansion. 

    You can download a copy of this EIA report below or view it via the Argyll and Bute Council Planning Portal (Planning reference 20/02358/MFF).

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    Non Technical Summary - Dunstaffnage EIA

    Dunstaffnage EIA Report

  • The EIA process explained

    The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process which identifies the environmental effects (both negative and positive) of development proposals, and aims to avoid, reduce and offset any adverse impacts.

    • Whether or not an EIA is necessary rests with the relevant planning authority and is determined via a process known as ‘EIA screening'. In this instance, Argyll and Bute Council determined that an EIA would be required
    • The EIA process itself involves assessing any potentially significant environmental impacts or effects identified at the screening and scoping stage by key stakeholders such as NatureScot, SEPA, Marine Scotland and the local district salmon fishery board
    • The anticipated effects of any impacts are then described within the EIA report, along with any monitoring or mitigation required.

    More information on the EIA process is available on the Scottish Government website.

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  • How to find out more

    If you would like to find out more about our proposal to expand our existing Dunstaffnage farm, the planning application process or any of the supporting information provided, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

    You can do this via the ‘Find out more’ tab. Alternatively, you can email Scottish Sea Farms' Environment team directly at environment@scottishseafarms.com.

    (Please note that any comments provided to us online or via email won't be considered by Argyll and Bute Council unless you also submit those comments directly to them.)

  • Proposed Lismore West farm expansion

    So-called because it’s located on the west side of Lismore, our Lismore West farm is currently home to 9x80m circumference salmon pens, arranged within a 65m mooring grid. Also on-site is a 140-tonne capacity barge which stores fish feed, automated feeding equipment and an incinerator, along with office space and staff welfare facilities.  

    We're proposing to expand the current farm to 12x100m salmon pens within an 80m mooring grid, whilst retaining the existing feed barge. This change in farm infrastructure will enable us to grow more salmon, up to a maximum biomass (the maximum weight of fish that can be stocked across the whole farm at any one time) of 1,925 tonnes. 

    A SEPA CAR Licence for this increase was approved on 31 July 2020, a copy of which can be downloaded below.

    All documents submitted in support of the planning application for this proposal can be viewed on Argyll and Bute Council's Planning Portal (Planning reference 20/02359/MFF). For ease of access, some of these documents are also available to download below.

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    Lismore West Site Plan.pdf

    Lismore West SEPA CAR Licence

    Lismore West Landscape and Visual Appraisal.pdf

    Lismore West Landscape Visualisation.pdf

  • Environmental Impact Assessment

    Prior to submitting our proposals to expand our Lismore West salmon farm, we first prepared a full and detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report which considers and assesses the potential effects of the proposal on the environment.

    You can download a copy of this EIA report below or view it via the Argyll and Bute Council Planning Portal (Planning reference 20/02359/MFF).

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    Non Technical Summary - Lismore West EIA.pdf

    Lismore West EIA Report.pdf

  • The EIA process explained

    The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process which identifies the environmental effects (both negative and positive) of development proposals, and aims to avoid, reduce and offset any adverse impacts.

    • Whether or not an EIA is necessary rests with the relevant planning authority and is determined via a process known as ‘EIA screening'. In this instance, Argyll and Bute Council determined that an EIA would be required
    • The EIA process itself involves assessing any potentially significant environmental impacts or effects identified at the screening and scoping stage by stakeholders such as NatureScot, SEPA, Marine Scotland and the local district salmon fishery board
    • The anticipated effects of any impacts are then described within the EIA report, along with any monitoring or mitigation required.

    More information on the EIA process is available on the Scottish Government website.

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  • How to find out more

    If you would like to find out more about our proposal to expand our existing Lismore West farm, the planning application process or any of the supporting information provided, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

    You can do this via the ‘Find out more’ tab. Alternatively, you can email Scottish Sea Farms' Environment team directly at environment@scottishseafarms.com.

    (Please note that any comments provided to us online or via email won't be considered by Argyll and Bute Council unless you also submit those comments directly to them.)

  • Located North of Appin in Shuna Sound, our Shuna farm currently consists of 12x80m circumference salmon pens and 80-tonne capacity feed barge where fish feed and equipment are stored, contained within a 50m mooring grid. The farm is also supported by a small shore base and office adjacent to the Linnhe Marine marina.

    We have now submitted proposals to:

    • Relocate the farm to the North end of the island of Shuna where the waters are deeper and more dispersive 
    • Change the farm infrastructure to 8x120m salmon pens, supported by new 300-tonne capacity barge, contained within a 75m mooring grid.

    Combined, this will support an increase in maximum biomass (the maximum weight of fish that can be stocked across the farm at any one time) from the current 800 tonnes to 1,870 tonnes.

    An application has been submitted to SEPA for a new CAR licence which will be available to view on the SEPA website once processed.

    All documents submitted in support of the planning application for this proposal can be viewed on Argyll and Bute Council’s Planning Portal (Planning reference 20/02360/MFF). For ease of access, some of these documents are also available to download below.

    Shuna Site Plan.pdf

    Shuna Location Plan.pdf

    Existing and Proposed Comparison Plan.pdf

    Shuna Landscape and Visual Appraisal.pdf

    Shuna Landscape Visualisation - Viewpoint 1.pdf

    Shuna Landscape Visualisation - Viewpoint 2.pdf

  • Prior to submitting our proposal to both relocate and expand our Shuna salmon farm, we prepared a full and detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report which considers and assesses the environmental effects of the expansion.

    You can download a copy of this EIA report below or view it via the Argyll and Bute Council Planning Portal (Planning reference 20/02360/MFF).

    Non Technical Summary - Shuna EIA.pdf

    Shuna EIA Report.pdf

  • The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process which identifies the environmental effects (both negative and positive) of development proposals, and aims to avoid, reduce and offset any adverse impacts.

    Whether or not an EIA is necessary rests with the planning authority is determined by the planning authority via a process know as ‘EIA screening’. In this instance, Argyll and Bute Council determined that an EIA would be required.

    The anticipated effects of any impacts are then described within the EIA report, along with any monitoring or mitigation required.

    More information on the EIA process is available on the Scottish Government website.

  • If you would like to find out more about our proposal to relocate and expand our Shuna salmon farm, the planning application process or any of the supporting information provided, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

    You can do this via the ‘Find out more’ tab.  Alternatively, you can email the Scottish Sea Farms Environment Team at environment@scottishseafarms.com

    (Please note that any comments provided to use online or via email won’t be considered by Argyll and Bute Council unless you also submit them as a representation directly to them).

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