Islanders say there can be no mitigation for Jura fish farm

Corpach Bay was the site of a proposed fish farm off Jura.

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Islanders say there can be no mitigation when it comes to building a fish farm in the Sound of Jura.

The community met last month to voice their concerns over Kames Fish Farming’s proposal to construct a holding pen at Corpach Bay.

Scott Muir, of Jura Community Council, said: ‘Our jobs depend on this landscape. There is nothing you can offer us that will alter that.’

There was a ‘strong’ turnout at the village for the meeting on November 14, which was attended by those who live and work on Jura, as well as representatives from Feedback charity, Islay Community Council and Kames Fish Farming.

Lizzie Massie, on behalf of the Jura community, said: ‘With so many jobs dependent on Jura’s unspoiled wilderness and heritage, its wild Atlantic coastline, its deer, and wild salmon and trout populations, it is not a risk the local community is prepared to take. The presence of a fish farm here at all, in whatever capacity, threatens all this. There can be no mitigation.’

Craig Rozga, who chaired the meeting, added: ‘We are very proud of
Jura’s wild nature. It’s why people come here. We have a vision for the island in which preservation of our natural resources is not only the right thing to do for the island and its wildlife, but also a financially secure one for us as a growing population who want to live here.

‘No short-term incentive can offer us what the wilds already have and will continue to give us if managed properly.’

A spokesperson for Kames Fish Farming said: ‘As yet the proposal is very much at an early stage.

‘Obtaining local community comments, along with those of other stakeholders, is part of the process so that all views can be considered. At the right time, when further work has been undertaken, I would be happy to explain the proposal and discuss any concerns with members of the local community.’

An online petition to stop the development, started by residents Louise Muir and deer stalker Craig Rozga in September has now been signed by 2,739 people.