Dawnfresh decision due – Fishfarmer Magazine

Dawnfresh decision due07 February, 2014 –

THE NET result of a planning application to establish a new fish farm on Loch Etive is set to be heard in Oban at the end of the month.

Meanwhile the developer behind the application for the ten-cage farm, Dawnfresh, reported worsening losses for the 2012/13 financial year.

The pre-tax loss for that period was worse than the £3.99 million reported in the previous financial year. Sales were up though, increasing by 5.2 per cent year on year to £40.2 million, largely due to exports of £4 million.

Dawnfresh wants to build the farm consisting of ten 80-metrepens in Loch Etive to expand the export side of the business.

Backers say the development will bring increased security to those in the area already employed by Dawnfresh, whilst critics say pollution, a lack of any new jobs and possible harm to indigenous wildlife as reasons why the project should not be granted approval.

The special planning hearing to determine the outcome of the application is currently scheduled for 9.30am on 29 January.

Dawnfresh owner, Alastair Salvesen – who visited residents in the Ardchattan area last year in a bid to win support for the application – has invested £7.5 million into the company’s facilities over the last three years with a view to doubling the size of the business by 2016.

The number of people employed by Dawnfresh at its sites across Scotland and Northern Ireland fell from 506 to 418 in the last financial year.