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Fish Farms Giant Makes Mess of Conservation Area

SCOTLAND, UK - Sea trout group urges company to clean up its act at abandoned site in special conservation area.

According to The Press and Journal, an angling group is calling on the worlds biggest fish farming company to clean up its act and remove the debris that it left behind at a former fish farm in a Special Area of Conservation in Ardnamurchan.

But yesterday Marine Harvest said after closing the farm several years ago it had stored equipment on the shore base and that it was still gradually removing equipment off the site at Laudale Farm at Loch Sunart, near Strontian.

The Sea Trout Group (STG) said it believed the careless behaviour by Marine Harvest does not bode well for good stewardship of the coast and seas, reports The Press and Journal.

It made the comment as the Scottish Government continues a consultation on the countrys first Marine Bill.

STG member Ronnie Picken, who is also president of the Scottish Anglers National Association, said: We feel that the fact Marine Harvest has left this mess, despite complaints from local people over the years, is a sad reflection of the complacent attitude salmon farmers have to the environment.

Ellen Hardy

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