Posted by: wildswimmers | February 22, 2017

Swimmers -v- Salmon Farm

Help!!! – one of our most beautiful and tranquil bays is threatened by a fish farm application!  A large group of swimmers took to the waves to show their opposition and this gained coverage in newspapers locally and nationally.

All together now - Pic by Mark Smith

All together now – Pic by Mark Smith

Joining forces - Pic by Mark Smith

Joining forces – Pic by Mark Smith

Swimmers heading out - pic by Philip Price

Swimmers heading out – pic by Philip Price

Dounie Bay is a sandy sheltered bay, one of the few safe nooks in the dangerous Sound of Jura and a favourite swimming spot, picnic place, yacht anchorage, kayaking stop-off and is on a route for salmon returning to breed in the nearby River Add.

Importantly, the deep sea trench nearby is a haven for the endangered “Common” skate.

Dounie Bay, Sound of Jura

Dounie Bay, Sound of Jura – pic by Lottie Goodlet

This being the first fish farm application in a Marine Protected Area, it’s terribly important that we oppose it with all our might.  This blog is to raise awareness and hopefully gain support for our efforts.  Thanks to anyone who signs our online petition or writes to protest.  See links and more info below.

Sign the petition at: 

Our next event is for a mass kayaking photoshoot : Meet at Carsaig, Tayvallich on Sat 11 March ready to set off by 11am. The beautiful two mile paddle north to Dounie Bay has fantastic views across to Jura and the Gulf of Corryvreckan. Conditions permitting we hope to be photographed by a drone as well as from the shore. It’s a great place to picnic so bring your lunch. This paddle is best suited to competent kayakers with their own gear. (If the weather is not suitable then we’ll hope to do it over the weekend of 25th/26th March.)

Fish Farm Poster



Twitter: @TheSoundOfJura

“The Friends of the Sound of Jura seek to protect the Sound, the River Add and their local users from threats to the area’s wildlife and local economy”




  1. Wonderful campaign you are undertaking. Keep up the good work. I have signed the petition and shared on Facebook.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks a million! We are getting great support and it’s much appreciated.


  2. signed and posted to FB…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Very sad to see open pen fish farmers coming to Scotland. They have been a disaster on the west coast of Canada and there are better alternatives being developed. I’m not able to sign the petition (no Scottish postal code) but support your efforts and would be pleased to forward any useful materials from Canada.


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