Kelp forests are among the most biologically diverse and valuable marine habitats on the planet, and are recognised as a Priority Marine Feature habitat within Scotland’s seas.
In March 2021, North Ayrshire Council Planning Committee unanimously refused the Scottish Salmon Company's application for a salmon farm off the north east coast of Arran at Millstone Point. There was masss community opposition to this farm, which would have spoiled one of Arran's truly wild and tranquil coastlines.
The ECCLR Committee published an interim report on its inquiry into regional marine planning in Scotland earlier this year. As part of the interim report, the Committee set our a series of questions which they put to various stakeholders. Read COAST's response here.
A month of public consultation has closed; we expect North Ayrshire Planning Committee to meet in early 2021 to discuss the application.