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18 November 2019
We are very pleased to announce that Friends of the Sound of Jura is now an SCIO, which is a Scottish registered charity. When we formed in January 2017 we soon realised how rare it is for the opinions of coastal people to be heard or given due weight when it comes to issues affecting the area's wildlife and local sustainable economy. Since those early days of campaigning against the inappropriate fish farm proposal at Dounie we have aimed to inform and help our local community to express its opinions and to campaign more widely for marine conservation and the sustainable use of the sea we all share. As a Scottish registered charity we have more weight to carry out our objectives.
Kelp Farming Proposal in Argyll and Bute
In November Local Authority Argyll and Bute published a feasibility study for A&B becoming a national hub for farming seaweed. The Sound of Jura is identified as having suitable areas. Seaweed farming is less damaging than mechanical harvesting of wild kelp so we will look closely at the proposals and report back to FoSoJ’s supporters as soon as possible.
19 May 2019
New MPA -A fragile flame shell reef which was severely damaged by scallop dredging on Scotland's north west coast has been granted permanent protection.
14 MAY 2019
Supporters of Friends of the Sound of Jura attended a very special event in Ardfern on the evening of 14 May, to celebrate with CROMACH the launch in our area of a Mission Blue Hope Spot - an important marine conservation initiative - the first of its kind in Britain - find out more.
Our MPA is one of six others to benefit from a EU funded Marine Protected Area Management and Monitoring project.