Fish farming is the future in the face of our growing demand for fish, one of the most nutritious and healthy of foods. Without it, salmon would be off the ordinary man and woman's menu; it would once again be the food of the rich and privileged. The fish farming industry would admit to having made mistakes with their early farms, but the damage we did on land when we were developing the intensive farming methods that stock our today's supermarket shelves with such a wealth of different foods were even worse. The Diary is old enough to remember DDT and the lessons we learnt from it.
To visit Marine Harvest's facilities at Camas Glas (see earlier post here) was to see the future. Almost a million salmon will be reared there over the next eighteen months or so by eight workers. Six of them come from West Ardnamurchan, and their jobs help to keep young families in this remote area. And it's good work: mostly it's eight to five, with occasional weekend work - people are on the cages every day unless the weather is truly terrible - good pay, good holidays, and excellent working conditions, starting with the morning 'commute' to work in a RIB.
Gael Force of Inverness, it's a floating concrete cylinder with a metal superstructure which acts as both an accommodation area and store room, which is moored near the two groups of cages.
The Diary is very grateful to Marine Harvest for the invitation to visit their Camas Glas facility, and to Rosie Curtis and Calum MacPhail for a very enjoyable tour.