Scotland

Our proud record north of the border speaks for itself. See how we’ve worked to protect and secure healthy and sustainable wild fish stocks in Scotland.

Salmon farm reform

A sustainable future for wild fish

Salmon Farm Reform

We believe that a future is possible where Scottish salmon farming and wild fish can both thrive. In the medium term this can only be achieved by moving farming into closed tank systems. Doing this will prevent the spread of disease and parasites to wild salmon and sea trout. Whilst working towards this goal, we have to ensure effective regulation of farms so wild fish are better protected.

Mixed stock netting

Putting a stop to non-selective nets

A netted salmon

With wild salmon and sea trout stocks in serious decline, the indiscriminate netting of fish along our coasts was increasingly unsustainable. We worked to close these fisheries, ensuring that fish from the most sensitive river populations were not killed and so able to breed.

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What's happening with Scotland's wild fish?

A few interesting facts that our Scottish campaigns were built on!

Help us reform Scottish salmon farming

We have a unique opportunity to influence real positive change through a Scottish Parliamentary Committee Inquiry into salmon farming and its impact on wild fish, scheduled for 2018. It was our campaign that triggered the Inquiry.

Please support our work in gathering comprehensive evidence for the Inquiry.

Latest Scottish news

Scottish Ministers ordered to disclose names of Scotland’s ‘liciest’ salmon farms to Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland

18th September 2017
The Scottish Information Commissioner has this week published a formal Decision that Scottish Ministers unlawfully tried to withhold information naming fish farms that had breached Scottish Government trigger levels for the numbers of adult female sea lice on farmed salmon. http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/uploadedFiles/Decision142-2017.pdf Late last year and this year, Salmon & Trout […] Read More

Mounting evidence of need to modernise salmon farming – collapse of salmon run in South-West Highlands

8th August 2017
This year’s run of salmon in the most closely monitored river in Argyll is on course to be the lowest on record. The salmon count on the River Awe has hit an all-time low after 30 weeks of the season. Last year’s total of 807 fish was only slightly above […] Read More

S&TC’s Campaign and Petition leads to Parliamentary Inquiry into Scottish salmon farming 

23rd June 2017
A formal Petition, lodged in the Scottish Parliament in February 2016 by Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland, seeking protection for wild salmonids from sea lice from Scottish salmon farms, has resulted in MSPs launching an Inquiry into the salmon farming industry in Scotland. The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee of […] Read More