The Salmon Aquaculture Reform Network Scotland (SARNS) is a growing coalition of individuals, environmental, community and conservation groups covering the West Highlands and Islands area, with shared concerns about the future direction of Scotland’s salmon farming industry.
Several community and environmental groups have joined part of the coalition SARNS:
COAST – Community of Arran Seabed Trust, working for the protection and restoration of the marine environment around Arran and the Clyde.
Friends of the Sound of Jura – Seeking to protect the Sound of Jura, the River Add and their local users from the threat to the area’s wildlife and local economy.
Many jobs and much of Scotland’s iconic wildlife depend on the health of our sea lochs and coastal waters.
Scotland’s seas are home to incredible wildlife, including wild salmon and sea trout, porpoises, dolphins, whales and seals and are home to a wealth of life on the seabed, including valuable crab, prawn and lobster fisheries. They are under threat because of the harmful impacts of open net salmon farming.
A truly sustainable coastal economy can regenerate around many uses of restored seas and fisheries. Jobs are precious in rural areas. By allowing one industry to pollute the sea, we threaten jobs that use the sea sustainably, such as well-managed fisheries and wildlife tourism. By embracing them the coastal economy can thrive, long term.
WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT?
We are petitioning the Scottish Government to clean up Scotland’s unsustainable fish farming industry before allowing it to expand and do further harm to the health of our coastal waters and habitats which will affect the jobs of many of those whose livelihoods depend on them.