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The Isle of Mull is a key area for our operations and we have operated here for a number of years employing a significant number of residents on Mull. Bakkafrost Scotland aims to become the leading sustainable producer of salmon in Scotland.

BFS is engaged in all stages of the value chain, from freshwater and marine farming, to processing, sales and marketing, ensuring total value chain integrity, full traceability and Scottish provenance.

We are looking to install a new farm off the East coast of Little Colonsay, comprising pens, moorings and a feed barge.

Argyll and Bute Council has provided a Scoping Opinion on this proposal, advising that an Environmental Impact Assessment is required to be undertaken. During the process of seeking a SEPA Controlled Activities Regulations (CAR) licence and planning permission for this proposal, we have held public consultation events in the local area to allow the community to learn more about our proposal and ask questions.

We would like to hear your views and questions on the proposals and the information that has been presented at the public consultation events is available here. If you would like to comment or request further information, please contact us on

Please note that feedback received via the email address above will only be directed to Bakkafrost Scotland. An opportunity to submit formal representations on this proposal will be available once a formal planning application has been submitted to Argyll and Bute Council.


Site Overview

The proposal is to install a new fish farm, on the Eastern shore of Little Colonsay, details of the proposal are;

  • Two groups of pens (2x2 & 2x1) of 160-metre circumference, arranged in two rows, with a linked feed barge;
  • The pens and feed barge will be painted dark grey or black in colour to blend in with the surrounding marine environment;
  • Innovative design will ensure robust fish health and welfare, and environmental sustainability; and
  • Environmental impacts will be assessed, mitigated and monitored.


Argyll and Bute Council has advised that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is required for this proposal. The EIA will focus on the following areas;

  • Nature conservation impact assessments; Benthic habitats and species, wild salmonid populations, Inner Hebrides and the Minches SAC
  • Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment
  • Water environment
  • Noise
  • Other marine users and economic considerations


April 2022: Screening and Scoping Request submitted to Argyll and Bute Council;

May 2022: Screening Opinion received from Argyll and Bute Council;

June 2022: Scoping Opinion received from Argyll and Bute Council;

June 2022: Little Colonsay SEPA public engagement event;

March 2023: Little Colonsay planning public engagement event and launch of project webspace;

June 2023 (proposed): Submission of planning application to Argyll and Bute Council

November 2023 (proposed): Determination of planning application by Argyll and Bute Council


Contact Us

If you would like to share any thoughts or questions about the project, please contact us at