Is;es FM News in association with Hebrides News - Wednesday 15th July 2020


A new scheme, funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, will support Aquaculture businesses, affected by the collapse of international markets, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The fund will compensate businesses for the costs of transport, processing and cold storage for salmon, trout and shellfish until the end of 2020.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “This has been a challenging time for the aquaculture sector, with businesses unable to bring products to market, but continuing to face high operational costs.
This new funding, which will provide financial support for cold storing salmon, trout and shellfish, will mean businesses will be able to cover some of the additional costs they have faced.
Farmed salmon is Scotland’s most important food product and valuable food export and we need to support the sector through these challenging times.”



Further to the government announcement on visiting in hospitals, NHS Western Isles now permits one designated visitor to visit women in the Maternity Ward. Children are unable to visit until further notice.

Expectant mothers across the Western Isles will be invited to identify one designated person to accompany them to scans, antenatal appointments and postnatal appointments.

The use of digital technology and home monitoring to supplement routine care in maternity services will continue.



The Gaelic lobbying group, Misneachd have been following the findings of the research by Soillse cultural research department, at the University of the Highlands and Islands, on the future of Gaelic in the Western Isles

The publication The Gaelic Crisis in the Vernacular Community: A comprehensive sociolinguistic survey of Scottish Gaelic, concluded that Gaelic will not survive, as a community language in 10 years’ time, unless a community based, language development trust is formed.
Misneachd called on the Scottish Government, Bord na Gaidhlig, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and other development bodies to work towards a Participatory Minority Language Cooperative, for the Western Isles

A Misneachd spokesperson commented” The research has created ripples of responses this week .Today we have to express our disappointment at the response by Bord na Gaidhlig, which indicated there was no need for a democratic community based structure, as suggested by the new publication The Gaelic Crisis in the Vernacular Community.



The British Council of Archaeology, is highlighting Scottish Coastal Heritage at Risk this week.78 per cent of priority sites are located in the Northern and Western Isles and the Highland Region. Nearly half of the priority sites are in sand dunes and machair coastline, which are the most vulnerable to erosion.
The Council of Archaeology is running a digital online festival with a Climate and Environment theme this week
From 24th October to 1 November ground Festival events are planned. This will include activities from local societies, museums, heritage organisations and other groups who will be offering the public the chance to find out more about archaeology and learn about the effect changing climate is having on archaeological sites..


An Lanntair Arts Centre, continues to support parents and children during the school holidays, by providing online drawing, sketching and creative activity workshops
Dance teacher Kirstie Anderson delivers some innovative dance workshops while writer and performer Floraidh Cameron Lewis is offering youth theatre experiences through online workshops.
Another very successful new initiative, is encouraging young island based artists to share and promote aspects of island life on An Lanntair’s Instagram.