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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 salmon farming and its contribution to Argyll and Bute, and read about our proposed developments to three existing farms: Dunstaffnage, Lismore West and Shuna. 

    Simply click on the topic or development of most interest to you, using the tabs above.

  • Helping feed a growing population

    With the world’s population estimated to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, and demand for food predicted to increase by 50%, the drive is on to help ensure no-one goes hungry.*

    Farmland is already under pressure, so too are wild fish stocks, which is why more and more people are looking to farmed fish and shellfish to be a part of the solution.

    Around the world, producers are keen to grow the volumes produced to help meet the rising global demand. So too is Scottish Sea Farms.

    In 2020, we harvested 24,000 tonnes of salmon from our 42-strong farm estate around Scotland's west coast, Orkney Islands and Shetland Isles. That equates to an estimated 98.7 million nutritious salmon fillet portions.**

    Now we're looking to increase the number of meals we can provide with the proposed expansion of three of our existing farms in the Argyll and Bute area.

    Click to read 'A low carbon food source' >

    *Source: Global Salmon Initiative **Based on one tonne of farmed salmon producing 4,116 x 120g portions

  • A low carbon food source

    Not only does salmon farming tap into a much underused resource - namely, our sea lochs, seas and oceans - it's also thought to be amongst the most sustainable forms of farming with:

    • Lower carbon footprint 
    • Lower freshwater consumption 
    • Fewer tonnes of feed to produce one tonne of meat.

    Click to read 'Current value to Argyll and Bute' >

    Source: Global Salmon Initiative

  • Current value to Argyll and Bute

    Blessed with an expanse of coastline, Argyll and Bute is home to the farms of several different salmon growers; each one creating direct jobs, supporting additional livelihoods across the supply chain and boosting local income. 

    In terms of Scottish Sea Farms alone, this adds up to: 

    • 196 direct jobs
    • £7.8M salary costs paid in 2020
    • £39,884 average earnings including overtime and bonus payments
    • 11 Modern Apprentices currently being undertaken
    • £8.5M spent procuring goods and services from local suppliers
    • £486K given to good causes since 2011; £371K of which went to Oban, Lorn & Isles causes
    • 138 local good causes supported; 90 of these based in Oban, Lorn & Isles.

    Click to read 'Additional value of proposed expansions' >

    Figures correct as of 10 03 2020.

  • Additional value of proposed expansions

    Just as our existing farms contribute to Oban, Lorn and Isles and the wider Argyll and Bute area, so too will the three proposed expansions, if approved.

    The additional value is estimated to be: 

    • 3 new farm roles
    • 4 new support roles
    • 8 new processing roles
    • £432K additional salaries from the 15 new roles supported
    • £730K additional supplier spend annually.

    Click to read 'Helping feed a growing population' >

    Figures correct as of 10 03 2020.

  • Q. 'Who regulates salmon farms?'

    A. Helping ensure that Scottish farmed salmon meets growing demand for food in a responsible, sustainable way, the sector is regulated by not one organisation but several different bodies – each with its own remit. 

    In order to gain consent for a new salmon farm, expansion or relocation, we must apply for:

    • Planning permission
      This is done via the local council, with the application being assessed alongside the socio-economic impact  including an Environmental Impact Assessment where required

    • SEPA CAR licence
      The Controlled Activities Regulations (CAR) licence, if awarded, sets limits on fish volume (and, in turn, fish waste) and medicine use in order to minimise the environmental impact from the salmon farm, taking note of the environment's capacity to disperse materials and any local sensitivities. It also sets out clear monitoring requirements, with SEPA officers carrying out inspections of the farm once operational and publishing the results in their Compliance Assessment Scheme (CAS)

    • Marine licence
      This is obtained from Marine Scotland and covers all navigational aspects associated with farm infrastructure in relation to other marine users

    • Aquaculture business authorisation
      This places a duty on us to operate our farms in compliance with Marine Scotland requirements in a number of key areas including, but not limited to, fish welfare, fish containment, sea lice management and various equipment standards

    • Crown Estate Scotland lease
      Once all these licences have been applied for, we must then apply to Crown Estate Scotland for a seabed lease.

    All of which act as checks and balances to help protect both the surrounding environment and other marine users. 

    Click to read 'What impact does a salmon farm have on the seabed?' >

  • Q. 'What impact does a salmon farm have on the seabed?'

    A. Most food producers have an environmental footprint of some kind. In the case of salmon farms, this is known as the benthic impact and refers to the seabed under and around pens where fish faeces and uneaten feed or veterinary medicines can land.

    Over time, these deposits can cause a change in habitat. Under the pens this consists mainly of an increase in the abundance of the 're-worker' worm species, with the degree of change decreasing towards the edge of the footprint - the mixing zone. Equally, should farm activity cease, recolonisation and recovery will take place. 

    SEPA determines what is an acceptable benthic impact based on the particular local water body. In other words, what volume of waste materials (and therefore, what volume of fish) the environment can sustain based on the strength and direction of the current, along with the natural capacity of the animals living on and in the seabed, and other physical processes, to breakdown those materials. 

    This helps ensure that the footprint of each fish farm is limited both in scale and impact, and that both the habitat and community of animals outwith the mixing zone remain unaffected.

    It’s our responsibility as farmers to adhere to the safe levels set and ensure the quantity of waste from our pens doesn’t exceed the seabed’s natural capacity to recycle it. 

    Click to read 'Do salmon farms cause water pollution?' >

  • Q. 'Do salmon farms cause water pollution?'

    A. The volume of waste materials from a salmon farm is carefully matched to the environment's capacity to disperse and/or absorb those materials. This helps ensure they do not reach levels that would adversely affect the local marine environment or its marine life.

    To achieve it, SEPA specifies the maximum tonnage of fish that any one farm can stock at any one time; something that is informed by depositional modelling and Marine Scotland Locational Guidance for benthic impacts and dissolved nutrients. This maximum tonnage is then stipulated within the salmon farm's Controlled Activities Regulations (CAR) licence. 

    The healthier the marine environment, the healthier our fish, so it's within every farmer's best interests to adhere to the limits set. We've also invested in camera-monitored feeding systems that enable us to monitor when the fish are hungry and when they are not, helping ensure that as little feed is wasted as possible. 

    Click to read 'How often are medicines used and in what amounts?' >

  • Q. 'How often are medicines used and in what amounts?'

    A. As with human health and other farmed animals, medicines are sometimes the best option for the control and prevention of disease and parasites amongst farmed fish. 

    Likewise, as with human medicines, veterinary medicines must be approved and shown to be safe and effective for use  not just in terms of the animal itself, but in terms of public health and the environment.

    Any veterinary medicine used on our farms is prescribed by a registered veterinarian based on the assessment of the needs of the fish under their care and any medicinal treatments are administered in accordance with SEPA licensed limits.

    Over the last three production cycles at our Dunstaffnage, Lismore West and Shuna farms, this has mounted to an average of just one to two medicinal bath treatments being administered per production cycle (a 24-month period).

    Veterinary medicines and their uses
    The majority of veterinary medicines that we use are for the prevention or removal of sea lice:

    • Salmosan®Vet and Azasure
      Both medicines contain the active ingredient azamethiphos which is a biodegradable water-soluble organophosphorus compound that remains in the water column until it is broken down. Organophosphorus compounds have been and are still used extensively in fruit and vegetable production, in sheep dips and are a major component in non-prescription flea collars widely used by UK pet owners.

      In salmon, these medicines are administered as a bath treatment. Bath treatments are undertaken in reduced volumes of water using a tarpaulin enclosure and once the treatment is complete the water containing medicine residues is released. The residues are rapidly diluted as they are dispersed into the surrounding water where they are broken down into non-toxic transformation products.

    • AMX
      The medicine AMX contains the active ingredient deltamethrin; a pyrethroid or organic compound used for controlling insect pests in agriculture, public health, and animal health.

      AMX is administered as a bath treatment. Once the treatment is complete, the water containing medicine residues is released. As the ingredient deltamethrin is not water soluble, it quickly sinks from the water column to the seabed where it is broken down.

    • SLICE®
      SLICE® is a veterinary medicine that contains the active ingredient emamectin benzoate and is administered as an in-feed treatment at a level below the fish’s normal appetite to minimise the risk of medicated food being uneaten.

      Emamectin benzoate has low water solubility and the small amount present in fish faeces and binds to sediment particles until it is broken down.

    • Paramove®
      Paramove® contains the active ingredient hydrogen peroxide which is common to many human, domestic and cosmetic products. It is administered as a dilute bath treatment at or below 0.15% concentration hydrogen peroxide  that's a 10th of the strength used in a typical mouthwash – and rapidly breaks down into just water and oxygen.

      SEPA considers that, when used in accordance with its product and CAR licence, it presents next to no environmental risk, therefore no numeric limits are imposed on its use.

    Anaesthesia
    Farmed salmon are routinely examined for overall health, including the presence of any parasites. To ensure their well-being throughout this process, our fish are anaesthetised before handling. This involves the use of small quantities of anaesthetics which, like the lice treatments, are licensed medicines used under prescription.

    Antibiotics
    To ensure we would be able to respond to any infectious disease, we also have licenced permission to use specific antibiotics if necessary. However, Scottish Sea Farms has a long-standing policy of limiting antibiotic use through best practice farming methods, with the result that we have not used any antibiotics at any of our marine farms since 2012.

    Click to read 'Are the medicines used on salmon farms safe to other marine users?' >

  • Q. 'Are the medicines used on salmon farms safe to other marine users?'

    A. Each and every licensed medicine, whether for human or animal health, has a known safe and precautionary quantity for public and environmental health.

    Any veterinary medicine administered on our farms is used strictly in accordance not just with its product licence but our SEPA CAR licence too. 

    The role of SEPA
    SEPA regulates the discharge of all priority listed substances (substances with the potential to result in harmful environmental effects, if not used in the specified safe amounts). It does this by defining Environmental Quality Standards for each priority listed substance and setting concentration levels to protect the surrounding marine environment (sensitive species).

    Each farm is given its own CAR licence which sets precautionary limits on the levels of medicinal residues that may be released to ensure that the Environmental Quality Standards are not exceeded and that medicine use does not result in harm to the wider environment.

    Further protecting human health
    Also protecting human health, organisations such as the European Union, the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization determine:

    • Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) – the estimate of the residue, expressed in terms of micrograms or milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight, that can be ingested daily over a lifetime without any appreciable health risk
    • Maximum Residue Limit (MRL)  the maximum concentration of residue resulting from the use of a veterinary medicinal product (expressed in mg/kg or ug/kg on a fresh weight basis) which may be accepted by the EU to be legally permitted or recognised as acceptable in or on a food. 

    In-feed medicines
    SLICE® contains the active ingredient emamectin benzoate and is administered as an in-feed treatment. Emamectin benzoate has low water solubility and binds to sediment particles until it is broken down, and therefore does not pose any risk to water users.

    Bath medicines
    Medicinal bath treatments are administered in a reduced volume of a salmon pen using a special tarpaulin and the treatment water contains very low concentrations of the active ingredient of these medicines. When residues are later released at the end of a treatment they are immediately dispersed and diluted to significantly lower concentrations which are not considered a risk to human health.

    • Paramove® contains the active ingredient hydrogen peroxide in a 50% solution and is used as a bath treatment at a concentration of 0.15% or less. Given that hydrogen peroxide rapidly breaks down into the non-toxic products of oxygen and water the use of this medicine is not a risk to water users in the vicinity of a farm.

      Similarly, SEPA considers that its safe use at salmon farms presents a minimal environmental risk and therefore does not impose numeric limits on the use of the medicine.

    • Salmosan®Vet and Azasure are both medicines which contain the active ingredient azamethiphos which is a biodegradable water-soluble organophosphorus compound. Reduced volume bath treatments are undertaken at a concentration of 0.1 parts per million (0.1mg/kg). Once the treatment water is released from the salmon pen the medicinal residues are immediately dispersed and diluted to significantly lower concentrations which are not considered a human health risk in terms of ingestion or skin contact.

      The quantities of pen treatment water that would need to be ingested to result in an intake higher than the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) for azamethiphos, and result in any risk to human health, would be more water than a human could physically drink in a day and the greatest risk in terms of toxicity would be the level of salt in the sea water. 
    • AMX contains the active ingredient deltamethrin which is not water soluble. Bath treatments are undertaken in reduced volumes of water using a tarpaulin enclosure and once the treatment is complete the water containing medicine residues is released. Reduced volume bath treatments are undertaken at a concentration of 2 parts per billion (0.002mg/kg); once the treatment water is released from the salmon pen, the medicinal residues are diluted to even lower concentrations.

    Click to read 'Are seals at risk from the presence of salmon farms?' >

  • Q. 'Are seals at risk from the presence of farms?'

    A. As farmers, the last thing we want to see is another animal come to harm. Equally, we have a responsibility to protect the fish in our care  including from predation by seals. 

    Often, the two co-exist with little problem; a situation helped significantly by ongoing development of, and investment in, new netting systems. These systems however, whilst a huge advance in the drive to keep seals and salmon safely separate, are not yet 100% failsafe, meaning attacks still occur. 

    Previously, fish farmers were permitted under licence from Marine Scotland to shoot a predatory seal where it had persisted beyond all other preventative measures.

    These same licences limited the number of seals that could be shot to a level below what's known as the scientific 'potential biological removal' limit set by the Sea Mammal Research Unit to ensure there would be no decline in the seal population. 

    Across the Scottish salmon farming sector as a whole  some 200+ farms  an average of 57 seals were shot under licence between 2015-2019. In comparison, over the same period, the Scottish seal population is reported to have increased by 28% for grey seals and 6% for common seals, with the total seal population now thought to be at least 132,000. 

    New legislation
    As of February 2021, salmon farmers are no longer permitted to kill seals for any reason; a measure that was only ever adopted as a last resort to protect farmed fish. 

    We still have a clear duty to protect the fish in our care from predation. To this end, our Dunstaffnage, Lismore West and Shuna farms will continue to use strong polyethylene netting systems, complete with sinker tubes to maximise net tension and further minimise seal predation. We do not propose to use acoustic deterrents at our Dunstaffnage, Lismore West and Shuna farms. 

    Click to read 'Do sea lice from salmon farms impact wild fish?' >

  • Q. 'Do sea lice from salmon farms impact wild fish?'

    A. There is a recognition that salmon farms may pose a potential hazard to wild salmonids migrating past salmon farms. The relationship between the two, however is a highly complex one with many potential contributory factors.

    Wild salmonid populations are declining and under threat globally including in areas where salmon farms are not present, and many populations were in decline since the mid-1960s, before the salmon farming sector really became established.

    Wild salmonids face a wide range of pressures in both the freshwater and marine stages of their life cycle, with climate change highlighted as a significant pressure affecting survival and growth at sea. Any effects from fish farming could add existing pressures on wild stocks, however there is still considerable uncertainty, and despite many studies none have shown a conclusive link between salmon farming and the continued decline in wild fish numbers in Scotland.

    To help address the uncertainties, the current regulatory framework requires applications for any new or extended salmon farms to implement an Environmental Management Plan (EMP); a detailed and robust template for which has been developed and agreed in consultation with Salmon Fisheries Management Scotland and the local Salmon Fisheries Boards and Trusts.

    This EMP provides a defined reporting and review process to enable an ongoing ‘adaptive management’ approach where farm management measures can be reviewed and amended in response to ongoing farm and wild fish monitoring. This means that if monitoring suggest impacts on wild salmonids as a result of farm operations, particularly sea lice numbers, appropriate changes to farm management measures can be agreed through the adaptive management process.

    Click to read 'How do you manage sea lice levels?' >

  • Q. 'How do you manage sea lice levels?'

    A. Sea lice are tiny parasites that occur naturally in the marine environment (including locations where there are no fish farms, such as Scotland’s east coast) and latch onto both wild and farmed salmon.

    So whilst our young salmon arrive at sea from our freshwater hatcheries free of lice, it’s our responsibility to monitor and control lice levels thereafter.

    We do this in a number of ways depending on farm location: from physical barriers such as lice shields that wrap around pen netting, to the proactive removal of lice via cleaner fish (so-called because they co-exist alongside salmon, nibbling off any lice) and water-based delousing treatments that help remove the lice from the marine environment. 

    Sometimes, the best option in the long-term interests of fish welfare is a medicinal sea lice treatment; something we would administer either via a bath treatment or within fish feed. You can read more about the medicines used in the control of sea lice by scrolling to the earlier question, 'How often are medicines used and in what amounts?'

    The combined result of this proactive approach is that we’ve achieved a steady reduction in sea lice levels across our farming estate over the last five years. 

    Click to read 'What about fish welfare on salmon farms?' >

  • 'What about fish welfare on salmon farms?'

    Good husbandry is key to fish health and welfare and we’re proud to farm to RSPCA Assured welfare standards for farmed Atlantic salmon.

    These set the benchmark for each and every aspect of the farming lifecycle  from freshwater hatcheries to marine farms to harvesting – with farms and facilities independently audited.

    In 2020, this commitment to best practice in each and every area saw us achieve an average farmed fish survival rate of 92% (compared to an estimated survival of 5% or less in the wild), bringing our five-year average to 91% – and we’re not stopping there.

    We always working, always investing, to pre-empt and prevent the challenges presented by the marine environment in order to boost fish welfare and survival rates even further.

    Click to read 'Who regulates salmon farms?' >

  • 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 equates to an increase in pen area of 6,723m2, the equivalent of two thirds the surface area of Ganavan shinty pitch, and 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.

    Click to read 'Environmental Impact Assessment' >

    Dunstaffnage farm expansion overview.pdf

    Dunstaffnage SEPA CAR Licence

  • 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).

    Click to read 'The EIA process explained' >

    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.

    Click to read 'Dunstaffnage: key facts >

  • Dunstaffnage: key facts

    Location

    • Our Dunstaffnage farm has operated in its current location since 1987
    • The proposed expansion is at the north end of the farm, meaning that the salmon pens would remain the same distance from Ganavan public beach as they are currently (approximately 1200m from the near-side of the pens to the mid-point of the beach)

    Performance

    • The farm team has achieved a 92% average fish survival rate over the last three crops (circa six years)
    • The farm has a SEPA CAS rating of 'Excellent', maintained over multiple crops
    • Medicinal bath treatments to control sea lice haven't been used since 2011
    • Acoustic deterrent devices (ADDs) have been switched off in recent years with the arrival of new predator netting and Scottish Sea Farms does not propose to reintroduce ADDs at the farm

    Looking ahead

    • SEPA, as the expert regulatory authority, have carefully considered the environmental impact of the proposed farm expansion in terms of veterinary medicine use and discharge of waste and identified no issues. As such, they have granted the proposed expansion a CAR licence - a copy of which can be viewed below.

    Click to read 'How to find out more' >

    Dunstaffnage SEPA CAR Licence

  • 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 pen area equates to an increase of 4,968m2, equivalent to a half the surface area of Ganavan shinty pitch, and would 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.

    Click to read 'Environmental Impact Assessment' > 

    Lismore West farm expansion overview.pdf

    Lismore West SEPA CAR Licence

  • 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).

    Click to read 'The EIA process explained' > 

    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.

    Click to read 'Lismore West: key facts' > 

  • Lismore West: key facts

    Location

    • Our Lismore West farm has been in operation in its current location since 1998 

    Performance

    • The farm team has achieved a 93% average fish survival rate over the last three crops (circa six years)
    • The farm has a SEPA CAS rating of 'Excellent'

    Looking ahead

    • SEPA, as the expert regulatory authority, have carefully considered the environmental impact of the proposed farm expansion in terms of veterinary medicine use and discharge of waste and identified no issues. As such, they have granted the proposed expansion a CAR licence - a copy of which can be viewed below
    • Scottish Sea Farms does not propose to use acoustic deterrent devices (ADDs) at the expanded Lismore West farm

    Click to read 'How to find out more' >

    Lismore West SEPA CAR Licence

  • 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.)

    Click to read 'Proposed Lismore West farm expansion' >

  • Proposed Shuna farm relocation and expansion

    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 - an increase in surface area of 4,968m2, the equivalent of half the surface area of Ganavan shinty pitch - 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 21/02368/MFF). For ease of access, some of these documents are also available to download below.

    Click to read 'Environmental Impact Assessment' > 

    Shuna farm expansion overview.pdf

  • Environmental Impact Assessment

    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 21/02368/MFF).

    Click to read 'The EIA process explained' > 

    Non Technical Summary - Shuna EIA.pdf

    Shuna 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 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.

    Click to read 'Shuna: key facts' >

  • Shuna: key facts

    Location

    • Our Shuna farm has operated in its current location since 1991

    Performance

    • The farm team has achieved a 90% average fish survival rate over the last three crops (circa six years)
    • The farm has a SEPA CAS rating of 'Good'

    Looking ahead

    • An application for a SEPA CAR licence has been submitted. If validated, it will be available to view at sepa.org.uk
    • Scottish Sea Farms does not propose to use acoustic deterrent devices (ADDs) at the relocated expanded farm

    Click to read 'How to find out more' >

  • How to find out more

    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).

    Click to read 'Proposed Shuna farm relocation and expansion' >

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