Friends of the Sound of Jura


We seek to protect the Sound, the River Add and their local users from the threat to the area’s wildlife and local economy.

John Aitchison of Friends of the Sound of Jura was asked to give evidence at the Parliamentary Inquiry on the impact of salmon farming on the environment. John was representing the Friends of the Sound of Jura and we want to emphasise that jobs are precious in coastal communities like ours, and that sustainable jobs depend on the sea being clean. We don’t object to fish farming on principle but to the impacts it is having on the environment and on sustainable jobs, because of the way it is being practised at the moment. The hearing can now be viewed, click here.

Our written submission to the committee can be seen here.

Please support the call on the Scottish Government to clean up salmon farming. Sign the Salmon Aquaculture Reform Network, Scotland (SARNS) petition at

*****  DOUNIE SAVED!  *****

In December 2017, Kames Fish Farming Ltd have withdrew their application to site a fish farm at Dounie. We would like to thank all our many supporters who have helped us achieve this fantastic goal. See full announcement here.

See also our letter in response, here.

We have been seeking your help opposing a fish farm development in a National Scenic Area on the West Coast of Scotland near Crinan.

It threatens algal blooms, toxic chemicals, vast quantities fish waste and precious few jobs in what is also a Marine Protected Area.

Environmentally it threatens the lobsters, prawns and smaller creatures with a marine version of sheep dip, and the salmon, sea trout and skate with dead zones where the farm waste will fall.  Migrating fish will also suffer lethal concentrations of lice as they swim along the coast past the cages.

Economically, besides the fishermen and sailors it’ll obstruct, it is part of the cumulative nibbling away at the beauty that attracts tourists to rural Scotland and supports many small businesses.