Loch Duart farms some of the oldest salmon farming sites in Scotland – such as Badcall Bay farmed successfully since 1975. Our farming model is based on small scale, low impact pen groups stocked at RSPCA assured stock levels. This has proved to be a sustainable farming model producing outstandingly high quality salmon over many years.
Loch Duart has engaged Simply Blue Aquaculture (SBA), a salmon farm development company based in Edinburgh, to explore new licenses to meet growing demand for their salmon.
Simply Blue Aquaculture is part of Simply Blue Energy, a Blue Economy project developer with experience in developing locally sensitive and community supporting low carbon projects in wave, tidal stream and floating wind.
Loch Duart are looking for gentle growth over time but only in sites which match their exacting criteria. Loch Duart and SBA will be working together over the next 2-3 years and with the statutory bodies of Marine Scotland, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the relevant local authority to acquire the necessary licences and consents.
This process provides the opportunity for statutory bodies, such as Scottish Natural Heritage, and other non-statutory consultees to provide their inputs so that any concerns can be addressed. This is a long evidence-driven process.
No sites have been identified as of yet, but Loch Duart will provide information on the chosen locations when it is available. A number of options are being explored, and they will be reviewed against the regulatory requirements and Loch Duart’s own environmental and operational standards.