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After an extensive two year battle to curtail fish farming in Lamlash Bay, the community has reacted angrily to the news that the Scottish Salmon Company plans, once again, to seek to expand its operations.
Seemingly unperturbed by public opinion and its concerns about the environmental consequences of off-shore fish farming in Lamlash, the highly profitable business is certain to once again face major opposition from Arran organisations who have fought long and hard to establish and secure the Lamlash Bay no take zone and South Arran marine protected area of which they are fiercely protective and rightly proud of.
Having already shown their opposition by lobbying, demonstrating and resisting an increase in fish farming operations, environmental groups, village committees and concerned individuals are, even at this early stage, well prepared for another fight.
Fortified by the belief that governing bodies are looking after large scale businesses interests and profit motives over local environmental damage, they are calling for proper environmental impact studies to be undertaken and for further accountability from the fish farming industry. Overriding all of these concerns is the feeling that local consultation is not taking place and that, without that, satisfactory resolutions for both sides can not be reached.
It is bound to be a long drawn out endeavor and one that is certain to continue to face a tide of opposition and local resistance.