SLEF and its sub-group SST-T were involved in coordinating objections to 4 fish-farm planning applications in Loch Slapin and Loch Eishort on Skye between 2012 and 2015. The data collected showed that there was rich biodiversity in the lochs that needed to be protected. South Skye Seas Initiative (SSSi) was formed in 2016 with the aim of continuing to record the marine species and habitat in these lochs, and also Loch Scavaig. The information could then be used to help prevent inappropriate development from damaging the ecologically important habitats and species.
During 2018, SSSi was lucky to have received significant funding from the William Grant Foundation, SNH and the Scottish Wildlife Trust. This enables us to buy an underwater ROV (remotely operated vehicle) and other equipment to survey the lochs. Details of the survey work undertaken in 2019 can be seen here
If you are interested in helping us with surveys, either in the above lochs or more widely in Skye and Lochalsh, please get in touch. We would particulally be interested in anyone with access to a boat, sea kayakers, or anyone willing to assist in identifying marine life in the video footage.