Area Management Agreement

Area Management Agreements (AMA):

Within each AMA there is a group of designated individuals representing aquaculture and wild fishery interests. This is known as the Area Management Group (AMG). The AMG for each area meets biannually.

The purpose of the Area Management Agreements is to promote local industry and wild fisheries interests throughout the west coast and Western Isles and cover a range of objectives, including:

  • single year class management and synchronised production/fallowing cycles
  • Synchronised lice treatments
  • zero ovigerous salmon lice, particularly during the critical  wild smolt migration  period (Feb – June)
  • vaccination of smolts against furunculosis
  • preparation of containment and contingency plans to minimise escapes
  • adherence to industry Codes of Practice
  • regular monitoring and information exchange between AMA partners
  • preparation of catchment management plans
  • adherence to disease control mechanisms in wild fisheries
  • possibility of augmenting with biological control using wrasse cleaner fish

The East Lewis and Harris Area

The East Lewis and Harris AMA are split into five individual management areas:

South Harris- This management area starts at Renish Point (NG 044817) and goes around the coast past Rodel to Reibinish (NG 188917)

East Loch Tarbert- This management area starts at Reibinish (NG 188917) and goes along the coast past Tarbert to Rubha Crago (NG 234974)

Seaforth & Claidh- This management area starts at Rubha Crago (NG 234974) and goes along the coast to Sgonnan (NB 368060)

Shell & Leurbost- This management area starts at Sgonnan (NB 368060) to Raerinish Point (NB 430250)

Grimshader- This management area starts at Raerinish Point (NB 430250) and goes along the coast to Rubha Alltan Pheadair (NB 426260).

The East Lewis and Harris area management agreement was originally signed in 2003 but with the introduction of an additional operator the AMA was re-signed in November 2005. The East Lewis and Harris AMA are due to be updated this month. Each of these management areas have synchronised production with the other farms in the loch.

Map of East Lewis and Harris Management Area

Loch Roag Area

The Loch Roag AMA is split into three individual management areas:

East Loch Roag- This management area starts at Aird Laimisiadair (NB 172430) goes round the coast past Breascleit to Ceabhagh (NB 197354) and then along the coastline of Bearnaraigh to Siaram Bostadh (NB 132407).

West Loch Roag- This management area starts at Siaram Bostadh (NB 132407) goes round the coastline of Bearnaraigh to Iasiadar (NB 165342) and then along to An Gallan UIgeach (NB 053394).

South East Loch Roag (Firebreak – not to be stocked)-This management area starts at Ceabhagh (NB 197354), goes round the coastline past Griomarstadh (NB 218314) to Iasiadar (NB 165342).

Map of Loch Roag Management Area

West Loch Tarbert

The West Loch Tarbert management area will cover the water body of West Loch Tarbert up to the mouth of the loch between Rubha Huisinis (NA 9810 1105) and Aird Nisabost (NG 0405 9705).