A living example of the environmental impacts of low ethical standards and the failure of Authorities to protect a combined Special Area of Conservation and a Marine Protected Area.
As a regular user of the shores of Loch Creran, North Argyll, I’ve become more and more aware of the growing levels of shore pollution around the loch. The recent development of the old MRC in Barcaldine into a mega-hatchery for Scottish Sea Farms has made me realise how industrialised Loch Creran has become. I’ve also realised how these industrial and commercial operations are abusing the lochs’ protected environment.
I’ve set out to find, record, and map the pollution that blights this beautiful coastline. I wish to make this issue visible to a wider audience and have a vehicle to publicise the problem in the hope of gaining support for an effort to clean this up and stop it happening again.
I’m not making a forensic search of every inch of the shoreline, I’m walking what I can, taking photos of the worst of the pollution then pulling together a short post focussed on each area.
Loch Creran is a Marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Marine Protected Area (Nature Conservation) MPC(NC)
Who is responsible for protecting it though?
I hope to find out and ask why the loch has been allowed to be abused in this manner and what can be done to improve it.
View The Pollution Map Now
Once I’ve completed the survey of all the accessible shore pollution I’m planning to add posts and information highlighting light and noise pollution too. If anyone wants to add to the information on the site, by helping map the pollution or by adding information and knowledge about the loch, it’s users, it protectors, its ecology etc.