Island fishermen say the fish farm companies should have to lodge a financial bond
as a guarantee to clean up any litter from salmon farms.
The fishing industry has raised concerns over aquaculture debris littering the shores
of sea lochs throughout the islands.
The Western Isles Fishermen’s Association (WIFA) says a large amount of fish farm
materials is being left behind.
The body believes the that the planning process is too lax and needs to be more stringent
and brought more in line with other industries that anchor infrastructure to the
The WIFA says the rules should be changed so the “aquaculture sector would have to
lodge a bond as part of the planning process and such a bond could be used to clear
up the mess left behind at sites that have been decommissioned.”