Tens of thousands of fish in SY Harbour

Those enjoying the sunshine today at Cuddy Point are being treated to a rare spectacle. 

It's estimated that tens of thousands of small fish (tiny herring) are currently in the inner harbour, being pushed ashore (and eaten) by much larger mackerel. 

This is said to have been caused by a pod of dolphins who have been seen playing around at the mouth of the harbour, and who are presumed to be scaring the fish inshore. 

On the slipway at Cuddy Point, you can see a number of small, dead fish, and in the shallow water lapping at the shore you can see thousands of the fish, and you can observe them being chased and eaten by mackerel. 


Plea for oil rig work to stay on Isles

The owners of the oil rig that ran aground off Lewis have been asked to retain the Transocean Winner in the Western Isles for the undertaking of repair works and general discussions on decommissioning work.

The Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Councillor Angus Campbell, is asking for a meeting with representatives of Transocean to discuss the matter.

Read more: Plea for oil rig work to stay on Isles

Fire team head out to Moldova

As part of a Scottish Fire and Rescue Service link-up with Blythswood, three members of the Stornoway Fire Station team – John Campbell, Iain Murray, and Alex Maclennan along with fundraiser and campaigner Charlie Nicolson – are taking part in a project to send an additional six retired fire engines to Moldova.
Under the Blythswood Fire Project To Moldova, a team of 19 people will spend nine days on the trip, heading out from Edinburgh.  This is the third time they have been to Moldova and they also supply Serbia and Romania as well. 

When the Scottish team arrives, they will spend five full days giving local firemen intensive training which is a key element to the project, not just supplying the engines but upgrading a whole range skills of the local firefighters.

A variety of other donations are going out with the team – along with several sets of variously shaped wooden blocks and wedges supplied by the Stornoway Trust to assist firemen in dealing with vehicles that have been involved in road accidents.

Blythswood would like to thank the Stornoway Trust; the Home Improvement Centre; Lighting & Electrical; Stornoway High Free Church, Stornoway Free Church; Kenny Smith CnES print room; and Woody’s Express Parcels for their help and support to the Blythswood Fire Project to Moldova.

(25/8/16 – This report has been twice amended during today to correct the names of the groups supporting this venture)

Back– John Campbell , Alex Maclennan , Murdo Macleod (Woody’s) and Charlie Nicolson

Front – Ian Murray receiving the emergency vehicle-rescue wooden blocks from Chris Harris of the Stornoway Trust

Record fundraising for Lewis Carnival

All the winners and charities who were present on Monday night, plus Carnival Committee members Iain McFee, Janet MacDonald, Melissa Silver and Claire Macleod (missing: Isla Macleod)

Support for the Lewis Carnival is growing and growing every year, committee members and prizewinners were told at a presentation event in the Crown Inn this week.

Read more: Record fundraising for Lewis Carnival

John Swinney launches Gaelic board game for primary schools

The Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, officially launched a new Gaelic board game for schools during a visit to educational resources organisation Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig in Stornoway on Wednesday (August 24).
Stòrlann chairperson William MacDonald welcomed the visit of the Deputy First Minister, adding that “Stòrlann is extremely grateful for the significant and ongoing support it receives from the Scottish Government”.
The game, entitled Ciste Ulàidh na h-Alba and created by Stòrlann, is a Gaelic version of the popular Scottish Quest and is being made available to all the primary and secondary schools involved in Gaelic Medium Education across Scotland.
Like Scottish Quest, it is a heritage game with questions about land and nature, history, culture and contemporary Scotland — with all the questions and place names in Gaelic.
It will also be made available to families, via the Stòrlann website or the Gaelic Books Council, but most of the 500 sets will be going into schools.

Read more: John Swinney launches Gaelic board game for primary schools

Oil rig zone ban remains in place

The ban on people and boats around Dalmore is continuing although the cause of it - the oil rig Transocean Winner  - is now in Broad Bay
A spokesperson for Western Isles Emergency Planning Coordinating Group said: "The 750m temporary exclusion zone implemented by the SOSREP at Dalmore - covering the sea and the beach - remains in place.

"Signage advising people to stay off the beach and out of the water will also remain in place until such time as a seabed survey confirms that there is no debris in the vicinity of where the rig came ashore."
There is also a 1000m  temporary exclusion zone at Broad Bay around the rig.  "From there Transocean intend to carry out further work to assess its condition before deciding on their next moves."

The multi-agency WIEPCG met at 2:30pm this afternoon (Wednesday) to discuss the ongoing issues surrounding the semi-submersible drilling rig.

Read more: Oil rig zone ban remains in place