Controversial Skye marine group to hold first public meeting

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A south Skye environmental group dedicated to raise awareness of marine pollution and climate change in the area is holding its first public meeting later this month.

South Skye Seas Initiative (SSSI), formed by the Skye and Lochalsh Environment Forum (SLEF), is a community based project aimed at gathering information for conservation of Loch Eishort, Loch Slapin and Loch Scavaig.

The initiative was established by a small group of campaigners who successfully campaigned against planning applications for four open-net fish farms in 2015.

Working with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the SSSI will co-produce a foundation resource aimed specifically at supporting community led marine surveys.  SNH has funded a one- year project officer to deliver the resource. In addition, generous funding has been received for the purchase of an underwater drone, BlueROV2, from SNH, Scottish Wildlife Trust Skye Branch and the William Grant Foundation.

The group has previously drawn criticism from local fishermen who feel it threatens their livelihoods, considering one of the initiative’s ‘key aspirations’ in its mission statement is to reduce local creel fishermen’s safe prawn fishing grounds.

A public meeting will take place in the , An Crùbh community hub in Sleat on Thursday February 28 at 7.30pm to launch this exciting new project.

Please contact info@southskyeseas.org.uk for more information.