Local News for Friday 16th November 2018

Over the summer, volunteers on CalMac ferries spotted more than 500 marine mammals across the west coast as part of the company’s Marine Awareness Programme.

The awareness Programme has involved a total of 14 conservation bodies who have partnered with CalMac to gather vital scientific data and to educate passengers more about the environment they are travelling in.

A team of more than 60 wildlife enthusiasts compiled the survey results that tracked different species on different routes as part of the programme.

They were supervised by resident ORCA Wildlife Officer Andy Gilbert, who, was taken on this year to increase understanding of the wealth of biodiversity that exists in CalMac’s area of operations.

After this initial success, CalMac is now considering expanding the Wildlife Officer programme next summer and the Marine Awareness surveys will kick off again in April.

Police Scotland vehicles operating out of Stornoway Police Station have been fitted with specially designed car stickers commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Iolaire Disaster.

The decals have been designed by local firm Graphite Signs to allow local officers to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the disaster.
The HMS Iolaire foundered on rocks at Holm, just a short distance from the entrance to Stornoway Harbour in the early hours of January 1, 1919.

Chief Inspector Ian Graham, area commander for the Western Isles, said:

"The Iolaire Disaster is a hugely significant event in the history of the Western Isles and we are proud to be able to make this small act of remembrance for all those affected by the tragedy a century ago.

"I would like to thank Graphite Signs for producing the stickers, Poppy Scotland for their support of this initiative and Constable Richard Henderson for arranging this on behalf of Police Scotland."

Marine harvest has launched a global brand called MOWI, and is also changing its company name to Mowi.

Mowi is strongly rooted in the history of the company. The company we know as Marine Harvest today was originally founded as Mowi by Norwegian aquaculture pioneers more than 50 years ago.

The company will launch the MOWI brand into selected markets. The branded product line – yet to be announced – will provide customers added value in taste, convenience, nutrition and traceability.

Since the first salmon was farmed in 1964, the company have grown into a global company, including breeding, feed, farming, processing and sales.
The proposed name change is subject to shareholders’ approval, and the company has today summoned an Extraordinary General Assembly to resolve the name change with effect from 1 January 2019.