Can Scotland keep up with China’s salmon demand?

The Scottish salmon industry had a major boost after China opened its doors to imports — but with the government setting a target to increase salmon production by 50 percent by 2020, local communities are divided over whether the financial rewards outweigh environmental concerns.

“Thousands of people come from all over the world to look at this landscape. This is the one place in the world you shouldn’t put a factory fish farm.”

Roc Sandford is the owner of the island of Gometra in the Inner Hebrides — one of the wildest and undeveloped parts of the UK.

To get there you have to travel to Mull, summon the small foot ferry to the island of Ulva and then either commission a boat, walk a five mile causeway or, I suppose, swim. There are no roads so a quad bike is the fastest way to get across the island — and the handful of residents live without electricity.

Off the north shore of the island, in Loch Tuath, an application has been made for a fish farm by The Scottish Salmon Company.

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