Commercial fishing industry and fairies sink new salmon farm

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Flodigarry “Ashrai” Fairies joined forces with the Scottish Fishermen Federation, Scottish White Fish Producers Association and the Mallaig and North West Fishermen’s Association to halt a proposed Organic Sea Harvest farm site.

Councillors have refused to grant development to a new salmon farm off the coast of Scotland after a six-hour debate, reports The Herald.

Organic Sea Harvest (OSH) presented their proposals for a farm of 12 400ft cages to grow Atlantic salmon organically, in Flodigarry, north-east Skye.

They have consent already in place for two, Invertote and Clunacnoc and the fourth planned for Balmaqueen, north of Flodigarry.

Plans submitted to Highland Council

Previous objections were also sent behalf of the Flodigarry Fairies as “Friends of the Eilean Fhlòdaigearraidh Faeries”.

SalmonBusiness reported back in October on the Flodigarry “Ashrai” Fairies gripe with one of the country’s newest salmon farming companies. “Ashrai live for hundreds of years and will come up to the surface of the water once each century to bathe in the moonlight which they use to help them grow. It is proven that the steel of the fish farm cages draws many Ashrai to the surface, with only one result: They melt,” the letter wrote.

However, it’s unlikely that the faires had any influence on the decision making process as it was not mentioned in the motion.

The publication reported that a joint objection from the Scottish Fishermen Federation, Scottish White Fish Producers Association and the Mallaig and North West Fishermen’s Association as well as Scottish National Heritage.

Director/shareholder of OSH Robert Grey told Press and Journal that he was disappointed by the decision. He said: “We’ve put a lot of time and effort into this and a lot of people have supported it.

“We’ll have to take a bit of time and see where we go from here.”