Shetland aquaculture engages in project to tackle unused fish farming equipment – Fishupdate.com

Shetland aquaculture engages in project to tackle unused fish farming equipment Published:  09 January, 2006

SHETLAND Aquaculture and Shetland Amenity Trust have announced that they have joined forces in a major project that will identify and quantify redundant or unused fin fish farming equipment on every site in Shetland. The study will look at appropriate options for disposal of redundant materials, including through reuse or recycling. It will include a demonstration site clear up, where material is no longer in use, to show how Shetland Aquaculture and its members can work together with other bodies and organisations to clean up the area.

The feasibility study has been funded in full by Shetland Enterprise and The Crown Estate, and has the full support of the Shetland aquaculture industry.

Commenting on the initiative, General Manager of Shetland Aquaculture, David Sandison, said: “Sometimes equipment has built up over many years and gradually become redundant, often with responsibility and ownership being left unclear. Sometimes these materials are second and third hand before going out of use. The challenge is when companies are no longer operating and there is no clear focus for responsibility. It is these areas that the feasibility study will address.

“I believe that the clean up operation at the chosen demonstration site will be a particularly valuable practical experience for all concerned. It will demonstrate what can be achieved with one concerted effort.

“This is only phase one, which has already begun in terms of gathering information. We aim to conclude this particular part of the project by the end of May with the issue of a final report. Recommendations from this report will inform the next stage.

“We identified the potential scale of the project and approached Shetland Amenity Trust to manage the exercise because of their expertise in this area. We are very pleased to have received their full support for the initiative.”

Mick Clifton, Environment Projects Officer at Shetland Amenity Trust, added: “The project should bring significant environmental benefit to Shetland, coupled with opportunites to re-use and recycle the redundant equipment.”

Ian Prichard, head of Scottish Marine Estate at The Crown Estate, commented: “The Crown Estate welcomes this initiative, which will benefit both Shetland and the wider fish farming community. David Sandison and the Shetland Amenity Trust are to be commended for seeking environmentally sound means of dealing with redundant farm equipment.”

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