CAR/L/5002629 - Bakkafrost Scotland Limited: North Gravir MPFF

Closes 18 Jul 2024

Opened 4 Jun 2024


It is part of our remit to protect the marine environment. We regulate finfish farms through permits that limit the pollutants discharged to the water environment and, where appropriate, the amount of water which can be abstracted.

If you have an interest in this application please tell us by completing the following questions and submitting them to us by 18 July 2024.

Application details

We received an application from  Bakkafrost Scotland Limited, on 10 May 2024 for a new authorisation for Marine Pen Fish Farm at North Minch, Isle of Lewis.

The application form provided by the applicant is available below. 

Form A
Form C2
Site Layout Admiralty Chart
Hydrographic Report
Nutrient Calculations Report
NewDEPOMOD Modelling Report
Production Plan
Marine Modelling Report
Baseline Benthic Report
Visual Baseline Survey Report
Sea Lice Assessment
Environmental Monitoring Plan (EMP)
Aquaculture Climatology HD Model Setup Report
Species and Habitats on Deposition
Nephrop Trawls Vessel Number on Deposition
Lobster and Crab Potting Vessel Number on Deposition
Nephrops Pot Vessel Number on Deposition
Scallops Diving Vessel Number on Deposition                                                                                                                                                                                             

The applicant has placed an advert in the national and local press. You have until 18 July 2024 to submit your comments.  

Why your views matter

This is your opportunity to let us know about any risks you believe the development will have on:

  • The water environment, including potential impacts to marine life.
  • The interests of users of the water environment, resulting from the proposed discharge of:
    • Organic matter
    • Medicine residues;
    • Other chemical emissions.

How we use your feedback

As Scotland’s principal environmental regulator, our purpose is to protect and improve Scotland’s environment in ways that, as far as possible, also contribute to improving health and well-being and achieving sustainable economic growth. Our Corporate Plan 2024-2027 sets our strategic ambition and priorities. Our Annual Operating Plans set out how we will implement our priorities every year.

In delivering these priorities we engage with those who have an interest in and/or are affected by our regulations and duties. One way we engage is through formal consultations. This is your opportunity to tell us what you think about our proposals. The feedback we receive helps us to understand what matters most to people and how we can deliver our duties efficiently and effectively.

After the consultation closes, we’ll consider the information we receive before publishing a digest of responses through the We asked, You said, We did section of our consultation website. This will close the consultation process by explaining how we have considered and, where appropriate, acted upon what we heard.

How we will manage responses

At the end of the consultation, we will publish all comments. You can tell us within the consultation if you do not want your comment published. If this is the case, we will publish a note saying that we received a response but have not made it publicly available.

We will write to everyone who responded to the consultation and provided contact details, outlining the feedback received, how it has been taken into account and our proposed decision.  If you disagree with our decision, you will be given the opportunity to request that Scottish Ministers ‘call-in’ the application for their determination.

Scottish Minister may agree to call-in an application if: 

  • The representation provides clear reason for the objection, supported by evidence, and
  • The objection relates to material considerations raised during determination of the application.

The full criteria for Ministerial consideration are listed on

The final decision will be published on this website along with the authorisation, if granted.

Have your say - by entering the consultation survey, you agree for your data to be used in accordance with our privacy policy.


  • Local Authorities
  • Responsible Authorities
  • Fisheries
  • Aquaculture
  • Public
  • Water
  • Local community


  • Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) regulations: finfish aquaculture
  • Permit application