It is clear that in the UK salmon is a very popular dish. The growing demand for Atlantic salmon on our dinner tables has supported the boom of fish farms around the west coast of Scotland.
Unfortunately, the growth of this industry has been at the peril of wild fish. Did you know that high levels of sea lice parasites spilling from fish farms are threatening Scottish wild salmon and sea trout populations? Treatments to control the spread are in place but parasites are gaining resistance and numbers are frequently over the recommended ‘Code of Good Practice’ threshold.
It’s time for a positive change. We are fighting for closed containment, which biologically separates the farmed fish from wild fish and the farms from the wider environment, preventing the spread of sea lice and other diseases. However, the fight begins in the supermarkets and we need your help!
Make a difference and help us find out if supermarkets are selling fresh or smoked salmon obtained from regions in Scotland which are failing to keep sea lice within reasonable limits. All you need to do is – next time you’re in the supermarket, check out the label on any Scottish salmon packaging. You don’t need to buy the product, just take a picture of the packaging and upload to social media with one of the following captions:
If the salmon has no farm origin listed, tag your supermarket and ask them why?
@tesco Where does this salmon come from? #salmonfarmreform @SalmonTroutCons
If the salmon comes from one of the farms listed below that are in a Marine Scotland confirmed high sea lice region, tag your supermarket and ask why they are selling it.
@sainsburys Should you be selling this? #salmonfarmreform @SalmonTroutCons
Keep an eye on our social media pages for examples!
You can do your bit to make sure the salmon you buy isn’t coming from the most damaging regions. The supermarkets are failing their environmental obligations by selling fish from regions of Scotland where sea lice are not being adequately controlled. You have a right to feel confident that the food you’re eating is coming from a region where sea lice numbers are under reasonable control, thus limiting the threat to wild salmon, sea trout and the natural environment.
Please refer to the attached list