Posted by: editor. | February 8, 2010

Broad Bay Fish Farm – What You’re Saying…

The following are some of the comments left by local signatories to the online petition – they are unedited, and thanks to all for taking the time to respond:

‘I find it lamentable that fish farms are allowed to exist when they can cause so much damage to the marine environment, threaten wild salmon fisheries and lead to the slaughter of seals and birds. The product is not of the same standard as wild caught fish and therefore is not a good substitute. It is bough, in many cases, through public ignorance of its collateral damage.’

‘Broad Bay is not only a beautiful area, but is as yet unnaffected by the visual and more importantly environmental impact of fish farms. Until fish farm companies have found a solution to the effect they have on wild salmonids they should not be expanding, especially in sensitive inshore areas. Now the capabilities of producing offshore sites are within reaching distance WHY are fish farm companies and government still allowing expansions into areas which damage our native fish? Is money really more important than our natural environment?’

‘To reaslise the impact this fishfarm would have on the local environment you only need to lok directly across the Minch to Loch Ewe. The River Ewe and Loch Maree were synonomous with large runs of wild salmon and seatrout. Fishermen travelled from all over the world to stay at the Loch Maree hotel to fish in a scenically stunning area for these fish. No more sadly as the resulatant sea lice infestation from the farm had a devastating detrimental impact on the population of wild fish which decreased dramatically. Where once it was difficult to book a days fishing on the river and loch, nowadays they are mostly devoid of anglers due to the impact of the fishfarm and sadly the loch is now mostly devoid of wild salmon and seatrout. Other factors to take into account concerning the siteing of a fishfarm in Broadbay are:- That local fisherman have managed to bring the River Gress back to it’s former glory through the hard work and commitment of the Gress Angling Associationthey formed, and have managed to rejuvenate the salmon and seatrout population to a level not seen for a century. That fishfarms destroy jobs via the nagtive effect they have on tourism as they dteter anglers travelling up to fish the river, like I do several times annually at the moment. That it will despoil an area of natural scenic beauty as they look, frankly, awful. That other rivere systems are affected as their salmon and seatrout populations have to run the gauntlet of the sea lice produced by the fishfarm. And finally, research conducted by ScienceDaily (Jan. 9, 2004) — BLOOMINGTON, Ind. found that, of more than two metric tons of North American, South American and European salmon, PCBs and other environmental toxins wre found to be present at higher levels in farm-raised salmon than in their wild counterparts. Researchers at Indiana University and five other research centers said that increased toxin levels in farm-raised salmon may pose health risks to people who eat the the fish. Their study is the most comprehensive analysis to date of salmon toxin concentrations. How crazy is it to sacrifice healthy wild fish on the altar of toxic fish? Future generations would never forgive us.’

‘Gress beach is clean and peaceful.’

‘This is a total disgrace if this farm goes ahead Here, It is all down to politics and they always come away with the bull and spin about the Jobs that are created..Utter nonsense, This has an enormous impact on the smolts that are returning back to Sea to begin there journey to the feeding Grounds, Please dont let this go ahead !!’

‘My relatives live in the Isle of Lewis.. Some live in the Back area of the island overlooking Broadbay.. I visit the island several times a year and stay in the Back area for weeks at a time..i also spend a lot of time fishing along the shorelines of Broadbay..i OBJECT STRONGLY to this proposed installation.. i FULLY SUPPORT the campaign to STOP this proposal and hope that good common sense will prevail..’

‘I think it is a disgrace that Lighthouse Caledonia are putting financial gain ahead of protecting the environmenment in the Broad Bay area.’

‘It would be destructive to the local environment, and to wild fish in particular, to have a fish farm in Broad Bay.’

‘I have been visiting Scotland annually for over 40 years. Over that time the deterioration in the quality of wild sea trout and salmon angling is clear to see. The overwhelming evidence supported by all who understand and love wild scottish waters is that the main cause of this lies in offshore trawling and diseases caused by factory farming fish damaging the wild stock and the environment. the scottish people are destroying something incredibly precious with a value in tourism revenue for evermore far beyond the meagre revenue that will accrue to private operators and limited employment opportunities. There is a chance to preserve an astoundingly beautiful area in an unsullied and pristine condition. For the sake of future generations – take it! Please.’

‘I grew up on this shoreline, and my parents still live in back. I would hate to see any changes to this magnificent coastline. Once one farm goes there it then opens up the floodgates for more.’

‘I have been visiting the island for 35 years since I was born. My grandparents still stay in Back and where I was taken as a baby/child/young adult I now take my own 3 children. Please don’t destroy the natural beauty of this bay.’

‘Having seen the negative impact of salmon farms on wild fish stocks in other parts of the west highlands you have my full support.’

‘We live right by Broad Bay, and the view from Port Na Guran is one of our favourites – the seals also like lounging around the rocks there. A fish farm here would affect the look of the place, further damage an already damaged eco-system (fishermen tell me it’s just starting to recover) and no doubt the seals would be defined as pests if they became interested in the farmed fish.’

‘Nature the environment and tons of, fish and now soya, food to make a ton of fatty stuff called Scottish, Western Isles, Atlantic “Salmon” – Oh Kelp.’

‘As a resident whose house has direct views over broadbay and uses the foreshore regularly with young kids, I think a fishfarm proposal in this area is clearly misplaced. It is clearly an area of high conservation interest and will potentially impact on a largely pristine coastal and marine environment teeming with wildlife. There is no debate about the pollution impacts of fish farming, the industry is aware of the impacts too. In such a context it is bewildering that this application has even got this far. “Salmon farming can affect the marine environment, through the discharge of nutrients, solid waste, medicines and antifoulants.” – Fisheries Research Services, UK. There are clearly less sensitive sites (in conservation terms) along the W. Isles coast and in this instance even the potential developer should recognise that the precautionary principle must be adhered to, given past evidence of impacts by fish farms and so such an application must ultimately be rejected. Needless to say my household would be very much against this development proposal.’

‘The Western Isles are among the most precious places on earth to me as to hundreds of thousands of others. Don’t let short-term gain destroy the environment which in the long term must be the most valuable thing the islands and the islanders have.’

‘Fish farms have aready had a detrimental effect on the marine environment around the Western Ilses. We have to allow the natural recovery of our shores without further contamination.’

‘this is a truly beautiful little river and i simply cannot believe that another fish farm is even being considered so close to this river mouth an absolute joke and this practice should be halted now!’

‘As a resident I don’t see the need for yet another polluting fish farm, particularly in an otherwise unspoilt area. I am absolutely not against opportunities for employment but I am aware that previous attempts to recruit fish farm workers required immigration rather than providing work for local people.’

‘i visit lewis regularly and i would hate to see the fishing interfered with for the sake of some peoples greed for money’

‘Please, not another salmon farm with all its adverse impact on wild salmonids – and the consequential reduction in angling tourism to the island.’

‘I have visited this area many times. Its peace and beauty are healing in every way. Please, please, find a way to keep it so special for everyone who loves Lewis and the Western Isles.’

‘My husband spent all his childhood holidays in gress, garry and the traigh mhor beaches and as adults visiting from Australia our memories are of a pristine, and naturally beautiful environment, which we have advised others to put on their MUST SEE list. A salmon fish farm, one mile off gress beach would not enhance the ares and in our view take away from what gress is all about.’

‘The residents of Broad Bay do not want a fish farm destroying the ecological balance of the waters surrounding our coastline.’

‘BORN AND BROUGHT UP IN BACK.MY PARENTS STILL STAY THERE.MY FAMILY AND I VISIT REGULARY.THAT IS ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE WALKS ALONG THE CLIFF TOPS.’

‘from upper garrabost and think there’s been enough fishing damage done to broad bay. Apparently boats still fish in there too, illegally, it’s an area best left alone to recover!’

‘As a Gress Angling Association member, I’m horrified at the thought that this project could jeapardise the hard work done by the Association to regenerate the Gress River system over the last decade.’

‘An appalling choice of site after so much work by the angling associations in the area’

‘I have visited Lewis on a number of occasions and would not like to see the environment blighted with another fish farm and the attendant infrastructure that would be required to service it. There is also the added pressure of heavy lorrries up and down from the ferry at times of harvest.’

‘this will ruin bathing, fishing and wildlife’

‘No way should this get the go ahead! Its all money, money, money without any regard given to the effect fish farms have on the marine environment. Having seen the damage fish farms have on the wild salmon and sea trout it CANNOT and should not get approved.’

‘This is short term greed. Don’t imagine fish farming is here to stay. LHC will claim this development will create jobs. CNES are easily seduced by this. What about all the public money used in setting up the Scalpay and Marybank sites and the subsequent job losses? Tourism is vital to our economy and, if we protect our environment, will continue to be so long after the fish farmers have left.’

‘As someone who has seen, and is living with the negative impact of fish farming in Loch Roag on the west coast of lewis I fully support this campaign. Lets do what we still can to protect our fisheries and environment.’

‘Aquaculture is responsible for severely damaging wild fish stocks on the west coast of Scotland and the Outer Hebrides. This proposed development in Broad Bay is part of the aquaculture industry’s expansion in the Western Isles – this presumably a result of their environmental catastophe in Chile. Broad Bay is a “prisitine” sea loch and the proposed development is a step too far. Angling tourism is important to the economy of the Western Isles – a fact apparently ignored by the Comhairle. Gress AA and Stornoway AA should be congratulated on their campaign – the time is surely overdue for a serious look at this and other poorly sited fish farms throughout the Western Isles.’

‘Imagine seeing that every day knowing it is interfering with the current marine biology of the area. It will certainly put people off buying ‘mass produced supermarket salmon’ and create a market for net caught wild salmon!’

‘I have lived here for most of my life, and Broad Bay is one of the last areas of water around our island not to be blighted by fish farms. After theeffort that has been put into re-establishing the salmon fisheries of the local river, it’s immoral that a lease should be given to a firm such as Lighthouse Caledonia, who no doubt hope to take a lot of money out of it, and then run, which they have done before.’

‘having seen the damage caused to the seabed and surrounding area by fish farms at first hand when diving, i would say its a catastrophe waiting to happen.no no no to fishfarms in broadbay.’

‘The sterling work of Gress AA and Stornoway AA will be sacrificed to further the commercial aims of a Norwegian conglomerate – at the stroke of a pen by the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar suits. It is clear that nowhere in the Western Isles is now safe. Another new farm is proposed for the Sound of Harris and they are investigating yet further (virgin) sites on the western seaboard.’

‘all money money money, wheres the respect for natural beauty’

‘This area and the marine ecology is superb and on no account should the ecology of the area be blighted by a fish farm. This proposal would have such a detremental and long lasting effect to the area.’

‘We really shouldn;t allow them to go ahead with this proroposed site no matter how small the chances of environmental damage to this beatiful coastline and to the salmon stocks. This company are only in it for the big bucks and grants that may be available, they have shown their colours in the past with scant regard to local jobs.’

‘Although a London resident ,I love the Western Isles for the scenery , the fresh air and the sport fishing. Was there to be no wild salmanoid fish i would be unable to justify ny visits’

‘The Broad Bay area is a fragile part of the coast into which several recovering migratory fish systems discharge. As such it is an important nursery for the much threatened Sea Trout and Atlantic Salmon. This will destroy these systems which provide community availability to fishing once the preserve of the well off. Western Isles council seem, once again blind to the economic consequences of there action with regard to the damage to the tourism generated to the islands by freshwater fishing.’

‘I know this place and am apalled to learn of this proposal. The destruction of the visual amenity is a frightening prospect but the destruction of the marine ecosystem would be a greater evil. Fishnish bay, in Mull, was once the source of magnificent prawns, sea trout and shellfish. Now one can walk the entire shoreline without seeing a single whelk, thanks to the fish farm which is actually outwith the bay but near its western end.’

‘As a member of the Gress Angling Association (Junior Rep), one of several rivers which could be affected by the proposed fish farm, I am deply concernd on the effects the project could have on my local river. I feel the local community needs to realise the massive risk that the fish farm provides, not just for the rivers, but also for the general sealife, local fishermen in the shellfish industry and the massive improvement of the water and suege works by Scottish Waters in the broadbay area, and there co-operation could give us a massive advantage over Lighthouse Caledonia.’

‘only just discovered the beauty of the island and the amazing fishing, sincerly hope other options are available and used,’

‘Fish Farms are never good news for wild fish stocks. Just another disaster waiting to happen.’

‘It’s time for the CNES planning department to take note of public opinion and say NO to the proposed Broad Bay fish farm. The few sea lochs around the Outer Hebrides that are aquaculture free should remain so. If Lighthouse Caledonia get the go ahead for the proposed fish farm, how long will it be before they propose setting up a second and third site within Broad Bay!!?’

‘Am looking to plan a fishing holiday to the area, but a fish farm will undo all the good work of the local Stornoway AA’

‘Having lived in the broadbay area for the past 40 years and enjoyed the calm tranquil surroundings, I now have a young family who, hopefully, will grow up in the area enjoying the same freedom as I have. This freedom includes the fantastic fishing available to us all around broad bay, with my son now looking to take up fishing having bagged his first Bradan last year. Surely this resource should only be protected rather than endangered. I see this as an opportunity to benefit a few, but to be detrimental to a lot, now and in the future. Yes there may be jobs created and we do desperately need employment. The jobs would still be created regardless of the siting of the farm, it does not need to go in Gress…..’

‘I am the manager of a salmon fishery in South Harris. Highly aware of the environmental damage caused by salmon farms and do not wish to see the achievements of the Gress and Stornoway Angling Clubs ruined.’

‘As a frequent fishing tourist to the Isle of Lewis this is mad. Is it the intention to ruin sea trout and salmon runs completly with yet another sea-lice nursery!!!’

‘having been involved in the fish farming industry since it’s inception in the late 70’s and having fished the shore and river systems around Broad Bay since then I feel that this will be disaterous for the fragile ecology and re established salmon and sea trout fisheries.’

‘Why not refurbish/resurrect one of the many abandoned fish farm sites that litter the West coast of Scotland? Or is it the case that these sites are no longer suitable because of sea-lice infestation and pollution? To site a fish-farm in Broad Bay would mean the death of the Gress river system, which local volunteers have worked so hard to restore (with great success) in recent years.’

‘Living on the Isle of Arran, where we have established Scotland’s first No Take Zone, I know only too well what damage is done to fragile marine environments by fish farming.’

‘Fish Farms in migratory routes of SALMON have to be stopped. Everyone knows the devistating effect SEA-LICE has on the migrating smolts. This has to STOP!!!!’

‘Gress is the place of my birth. It is a beautiful, unspoilt, precious part of a fragile landscape / environment. This venture is nothing but blatant commercialism with no thought for the negative environmental impact. This will cause untold, and probably irreversable damge, – it simply cannot be allowed to happen!’

‘I LIVE 500 YARDS FROM GRESS BEACH OVERLOOKING THE MOUTH OF THE GRESS RIVER. THERE WILL BE UNTOLD DAMAGE TO THE MARINE AND COASTAL EVIRONMENT IF THIS WENT AHEAD. GOING BY WHAT IS SEEN AT OTHER COASTAL REGIONS WHERE FISH FARMS HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED, LITTER OF DISCARDED PLASTICS. CABLING, ETC. NOT TO MENTION DAMAGE TO WILD FISH STOCK IN ALL OTHER RIVER SYSTEMS ON THE EAST COAST OF LEWIS.’

‘used to be a salmon farmer and am in favour of salmon farming but not in broadbay as the gains in a few jobs do not make up for the wipeout of river systems that will take place do not listen to norwegian bullshit’

‘It would be a disgrace to allow a fish farm to set up operations on this site, destoying all the hard work done over the last few years on re-establishing viable wild salmon and sea trout runs.’

‘Some waters in the Western Isles have to be kept pristine’

‘There is plenty of evidence to prove that fish farms sited near salmon and sea trout rivers have major adverse impacts on wild fish. The farms should be sited well away from sea trout rivers. If you ignore this evidence you are guilty of destroying the natural environment.’

‘It would be a disgrace to allow a fish farm to set up operations on this site, destoying all the hard work done over the last few years on re-establishing viable wild salmon and sea trout runs.’

‘I HAVE SEEN THE DEVISTATION OF FISH FARMS IN THE WEST HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS ON THE VIEWS AS WELL AS THE WILD SALMON STOCKS (I VISIT VARIOUS LOCATIONS 3-4 WEEKS PER YEAR TO FISH). THE INDUSTRY NEEDS TO CLEAN UP AND MOVE ITS SITES CLOSER TO OPEN WATER’

‘I visit Scotland for three weeks every year for the fishing. I went to Lewis/Harris once and found the great number of fish farms so off putting that I vowed never to return to Lewis/Harris. In recent years encouraging reports about the fishing on the island had made me reconsider BUT if this expansion goes ahead there is no way I will return. Can the Lewis economy afford to turn away tourists?’

‘Lighthouse Caledonia already has the capacity using other sights that they own. There is no need to spoil a pristine sight for a marketing gimmick. This appears to be a selfish, unnecessary proposal that neglects to take into consideration the opinions of the immediate communities that are strongly against this sight being developed.’

‘Please don’t ruin this place too. I’ve seen the effect of fish farms across western scotland – damaging wild fish populations, dividing communities and leaving ugly debris.’

‘I travel to the island every summer to fish for the salmon. Each year I stay for several weeeks (7 last year) spending considerable sums of money contributing to the local community. When the fish stocks colapse if these farms go ahead my vists will cease. I’m sure many other tourists who come for the fishing will go elsewhere too. Is this environmental vandalisim really worth the few jobs it will create? How many jobs will be lost due to dimissihed numbers of tourists?’

‘In the last three years I have spotted, dolphins, grey seals (frequently), Baskin Sharks (one breached) and abundant birdlife. I’ve lived on the shores of the Bay for twenty years and it’s only now getting back to a healthy and protected bay since trawling was banned in (I think) the seventies and more recently, sewage has been stopped. So why would we allow it to be polluted again, isn’t conservation and ‘green’ the buzz word of the day?’

‘This is an unspoilt area, with abundant wildlife and over recent years we have witnessed a great resurgence of migratory fish, no doubt if this goes ahead we will witness a sharp decline at best. The surf in broadbay can be world class and is a great attraction for both board and kayak surfers, bringing many visitors to the islands.’

‘This is an area of outstanding beauty and spectacular wildlife displays, and we cannot allow it to be spoiled.’

‘Lighthouse Caledonia’s arrogance and uncompromising attitude have led them to this. Let them now reap what they sow. Thank goodness that people outwith the angling community are finally aware of the impact of this ill conceived development.’

‘My family is originally from Lewis. It is a very special island, and the last thing it needs is the further destruction of it’s wild salmon/sea trout fishing due to more fish farms.’

‘Clean water, sandy beaches, happy days spent on beach with children and grandchildren, prolific haddock grounds before over-fishing ruined the inshore fishing, gathering lugworm for sea angling, gathering razorfish in suitable tidal conditions, clean invigorating surf.’

‘Intensive fish farming has wrecked so many west coast fisheries it would be a tragedy to allow a new one to be set up in a sensitive area & one where so much has been achieved in local rivers including the Gress. More Hebridean fish farms = fewer wild sea trout and salmon = fewer angling tourists to Lewis/ Hebrides.’

‘The destruction of wild seatrout and salmon fishing by fish farms on the West coast of Scotland is well documented and accepted by everybody except the government. Please leave this area free of these destructive eyesores.’

‘This is a beautiful area on my home island and I do not want it jeopardised by the shortsighted greed of the minority. This bay belongs to the people of Lewis and it should be kept as it is now – natural, healthy and unpolluted.’

‘Short term and short sighted greed once again’

‘as a person who spends a minimum of 7 weeks Salmon and Sea Trout fishing holidays in Scotland, I object to Lighthouse Caledonia Ltd’s proposed fish farm in Broad Bay (Loch a’Tuath). the revenue I and other visiting anglers fetch to the local economies far outweigh any commercial benifits this fish farm would bring. the damage this proposed farm would do to the local environment is beyond imagination.’

‘What happens when they fold up in a few years time, Broadbay full of cages being broken up by the weather. Take note of past experiences in other areas of the Islands. Promises of jobs, 100 my foot. A disaster keep them out.’

‘There are enough unsightly, polluting, disease spreading fish ‘farms’ – (factories) in the Western Isles. We shoud be cutting back on the ones we have – not creating more. And certainly not in this special place. Don’t let it happen.’

‘I AM FROM THE AREA AND I CAN’T BELIEVE MORE PEOPLE HAVE NOT SIGNED THIS YET. WE NEED TO GET A PROPER WEBSITE UP FOR THIS AND POST SOME PICTURES OF THE IMPACT IT WILL HAVE ON US UP ON IT! I’VE SEEN THE MESS THESE FARMS MAKE TO WILD SALMON THAT PASS BY THEM ON THEY’RE WAY “HOME”!! THEY FEED OF THIS MUCK THAT THE FARMED SALMON GET FED AND IT TURNS THEM INTO MUTANTS. ITS DISGUSTING, THEY HAVE BIG OR SMALL TAILS HUGE OR TINY FINS, MASSIVE EYES,OUT OF SHAPE BODYS, THEY DON’T LOOK LIKE OUR UNIQUE FISH THAT SO MANY PEOPLE COME TO VISIT FOR THE THRILL OF THE CATCH! ITS GOING TO BE A TURN OFF TO THE LOCAL FISHING AREA AND THE RIVERS WON’T BE “STOCKED”, THEY WILL BE A “LAUGHING STOCK”!!’

‘We don’t need another unsightly fish farm. Broad Bay is a beautiful, unspoilt area, and yet another batch of ugly fish cages will not only destroy the beauty of the place, but the natural marine environment. Why do we have to fill every available area of water with these unsightly things? Did no one ever tell these people enough is too much!’

‘Having grown up in gress and lived their most of my life, I am completely against this proposal.’

‘The impact of the fish farms would just ruin all the hard work that has been put into the community around the broadbay area.’

‘We should strive to keep such pristine areas with aesthetic, theraputic recreational benefits free from such pollution. Its a big NO from me!!’

‘I live in Back, overlooking Broad Bay. I believe this would massive environmental impact on the area. There are severall salmon/trout rivers emptying into Broad Bay and this would impact on the health of those rivers.’
‘Their idea of “unused” may well be forign to those who know the area and take pleasure in it. As a sailor I know very well how the unregulated spread of fish farming can reduce an area and blight it for any other users.’

‘I strongly disagree with this idea to place a fish farm in the broadbay area of Lewis. It is an environmental disaster waiting to happen’

‘The area concerned was a fish nursery ground. It is now open again, but local fisherman avoid the area, as it is thought the place requires more recovery. Putting this fish farm here will not help that, nor the stocks of salmon and seatrout which run the Gress and Coll rivers. Here we see greed coming to annihilate a place of special interest and natural beauty once again….’

‘I live in Back, overlooking Broad Bay. I believe this would massive environmental impact on the area. There are severall salmon/trout rivers emptying into Broad Bay and this would impact on the health of those rivers.’

‘volenteers have managed to get salmon and sea trout back to what they used to be and this would ruin all there hard work’

‘The proposals for the broad bay fish farm as highlighted in this week’s Stornoway gazette are truly horrific and have the potential impact to devastate not only all the fishing, resident and migratory in broad bay but have devastating effects to the beaches in the area, impacting on the tourism trade for the islands. Is this risk truly worth it and all for the sake of six jobs that would be created by the fish farm, as quoted by LHC ?. Our elected representatives, along with the councillors need to fully understand the potential implications if things go wrong with this scheme.’

‘A place of outstanding beauty (and a piece of water closely linked with my heritage) would be ruined by the sight of hundreds of “fences” and bouys littering the Bay- find somewhere else!!!!!’

‘I lived in Gress for about 30 years and I am convinced that a fish farm, just off the beautiful beach, will have disastrous results in the long run for all aspects of life there – harm to fishing, tourism etc and the inevitable coastal pollution. It will be a foolish move to allow this ‘development’ although I realise that its proponents will try to push the very short-sighted point that it may create some employment. Fools’ Gold indeed!’

‘We have the potential of a marine catastrophe. Loch a Tuath has had a few death nails over the years but this one we cannot afford. It will affect the river estuaries, marine life and the beauty of the area. Ive been very accommodating when it comes to renewables but this one takes the biscuit. It might mean jobs but a what cost? We are guardians of this beautiful natural environment and would ecourage others to protest and stop this monster on our doorstep. Not for me.’

Thanks, and keep ’em coming!

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  1. Sirs,
    Its not only the wild stock that you have to consider, at one time, Broad Bay per square inch was the richest white fishing grounds in Europe, we have seen comecial dredging that has decimated all white fish from the bay, the feed used to fatten the farmed fish only adds to the destruction of the sea bed which is now gradually getting back to some normality after being raped.
    For me, greed again rears its ugly head and trys to destroy a God given providence of abounding natural beuty and sea life. Deffinately No to Fish Farms

  2. Having surfed the waves in the broadbay area for over 10 years i have concerns over ecological impact of this fish farm proposal. I would also question health issues of swimming and water quality. I know the island economy needs jobs and investment but there are surely better locations to situate this proposal. This is a unique and special costal area. I hope local concerns are listened to by the responsible elected council members.


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