Ban would prohibit Don Staniford and his associates from coming within 15 meters of its property, flying drones over the sites, and using underwater drones in the site areas.
Salmar-backed salmon producer Scottish Sea Farms (SSF) has applied for an interdict to prevent anti-salmon farming activist Don Staniford from approaching its marine sites and properties. The application is set to be heard by a sheriff in Oban.
SSF is seeking an interim order that would prohibit Staniford and his associates from coming within 15 meters of its property, flying drones over the sites, and using underwater drones in the site areas.
A similar interdict has already been issued against Staniford regarding Mowi Scotland’s facilities.
The application cites multiple instances since at least 2018 when Staniford allegedly visited SSF fish farms “uninvited and without permission” to create videos for his social media channels. SSF argues that Staniford’s actions are unlawful and pose safety risks to its staff and biosecurity at marine sites.
Staniford is represented by solicitor Jamie Whittle, a partner at R & R Urquhart and a referral solicitor for the Environmental Law Foundation, an environmental charity.
SSF’s head of health and safety, Gerry McCormick, stated that while they respect an individual’s right to protest, unauthorized visits to their workplaces without understanding safety protocols can endanger lives and fish stocks.