Salmon Fishing on the Isle of Arran
The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) are planning to double their “battery salmon factory” in the Isle of Arran’s Marine Protected Area (MPA), and have said that they would like to expand their fish farms into the ‘wider Arran area’ in the future. This development has been strongly opposed by the local residents and community, as the environmental impact of salmon fishing can be devastating for marine wildlife, and is toxic to shellfish.
The island community has called for a stop to any further pollution entering their MPAs –which happens as a result of the sea lice pesticides used in the salmon fishing industry – and have expressed their concerns that the proposed expansion of the fish farms will cause an influx of toxic chemicals to be released into their seawater.
These sorts of tensions will be explored as part of out new project SHORE – an 18 month film-making and touring programme which aims to spark a Scotland-wide conversation about our relationship to the seas and oceans, and the role of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in preserving, or ‘shoring up’ our endangered aquatic worlds.