Marine Harvest fined for water pollution

Fish farm operator Marine Harvest was fined £4,000 on 27 July for polluting the river Lochy in Fort William with fish guts, blood and fat. The company pleaded guilty to the offence under section 30F(1) of the Control of Pollution Act 1974.

Fort William sheriff court heard that the Scottish Environment Protection Agency received a complaint in March 2004 about a red discharge coming from Marine Harvest's premises on Blar Mhor industrial estate. An investigation revealed that there had been a spillage of fish waste caused by a blockage in the production process. An employee had hosed the waste into the surface water drain which leads into the river.

SEPA said the incident resulted in a "serious deterioration" of water quality in the river.

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