The UK’s largest producer of farmed trout has organised a public information session on the 25th of June to hear public opinion on proposals to build a fish farm on the waters off Isle of Bute to better inform the technical reports and data currently being gathered prior to the submission of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in the future.
The site on Bute will create 6 full time jobs on the island and result in £4m of investment.
The public engagement session will be conducted by Alison Hutchins, Dawnfresh’s Farming Director and Peter MacDougall, Dawnfresh’s Environmental Manager, and it will take place on the 25th of June, at Rothesay Library (Stuart St, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 0BX) from 10am to 5pm and Bute Museum (7 Stuart St, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 0EP) from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Alison Hutchins, Farming Director for Dawnfresh, said:
“We are still at the earliest stages of this process prior even to the drafting of submission of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). We are gathering data and reports which will then feed in to the drafting of the EIA, so this is the ideal time for us to meet the community to ensure we can gather the right technical data about the issues which most concern them.”
“It is important that our proposed fish farm sites benefit the local area and we wish to be as approachable and responsive as possible towards any concerns the people in the community may have.”
“We have already heard concerns from local people about issues such as seals, yachts and environmental impact. We believe we can address these concerns but are keen to hear more and discuss this in detail with the community so our final submissions to the various regulators take in account and answer these concerns.”
After being in touch with the local community councils before the CAR license applications were submitted to SEPA, Dawnfresh submitted scoping reports for an additional fish farm site in the Isle of Bute at the beginning of February as the first step in the planning process.
The farmed trout producer, which already has farms in Loch Earn, Loch Awe and Loch Etive, has established itself at the heart of communities around its current fish farms providing significant support to many community groups, sports teams, organisations and events.
Following the company’s intentions to liaise closely with the communities around the fish farms to ensure benefits for these areas are maximised, Dawnfresh has organised a public information session to assist in any enquiries the citizens of the Isle of Bute may have regarding how the new trout farm may affect different aspects of their lives.
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Map of four proposed Dawnfresh fish farm sites – online version can found here
Dawnfresh is one of the UK’s largest producers of fish and seafood. We’re based in Scotland, and produce for food service and retail, both in the UK and around the world. In addition to using our own farmed trout we also work with many other species.
We manage a number of farming sites as well as specialised production facilities handling fresh (chilled), frozen, marinated, smoked and other value added lines. We provide a complete range of services, from basic fish processing and supply through to the full product development cycle; from identifying opportunities to delivering the finished product.
We pride ourselves on the passion, knowledge and expertise of our team. While especially renowned for our work with trout and salmon, we also create products using a broad range of species – including mackerel, haddock and prawns.
We work with the UK’s largest retailers and food service companies, and so have extensive knowledge of the market – both as a supplier, and through producing and developing our own brands.
We strive to be the very best – which, for us, includes working to the highest ethical standards, and always recognising and respecting the needs of our people, our customers, our partners, our consumers and the communities within which we work.
We have invested in training and career development for our staff offering them opportunities to achieve qualifications on the job through the Modern Apprenticeship training scheme. We also run an annual graduate scheme to support recent university graduates to develop careers in various areas of the growing aquaculture sector.
This knowledge and passion, coupled with our innovative NPD team and industry-leading standards, make us the perfect business partner.