The Isle of Gigha is a key area for our operations and we have operated here for over 17 years, with fish farming on the island dating back to 1998. Bakkafrost Scotland aims to become the leading sustainable producer of salmon in Scotland.
We are looking to install a new farm off the west coast of Gigha, 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) license and planning permission for this proposal, we are holding public exhibitions in the local area to allow the community to learn more about our proposal, ask questions and give us feedback.
We would like to hear your views and questions on the proposals and the information that has been presented at the public consultation events, which is available here. 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.
If you would like to share any thoughts or questions about the project, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The proposal is to install a new fish farm, on the western shore of the Isle of Gigha, details of the proposal include:
- One group of eight pens of 160-metre circumference, (arranged in two rows of four), with a linked feed barge
- The pens and feed barge will be painted dark grey or black in colour to minimise impact on 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:
- Nature conservation impact assessments; Benthic habitats and species, wild salmonid populations, Inner Hebrides and the Minches SAC, Sound of Gigha SPA
- Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment
- Water environment
December 2021: Screening and Scoping Request submitted to Argyll and Bute Council
January 2022: Screening Opinion received from Argyll and Bute Council
February 2022: Scoping Opinion received from Argyll and Bute Council
April 2022: West Gigha SEPA public engagement event
February 2023: West Gigha planning public engagement event and launch of project webspace
May 2023 (proposed): Submission of planning application to Argyll and Bute Council
October/November 2023 (proposed): Determination of planning application by Argyll and Bute Council
If you would like to share any thoughts or questions about the project, please contact us at email@example.com