In our previous article we shared how our campaigning had lead to full disclosure of which Scottish salmon farms were not keeping their lice under control (read here). We highlighted the worst offenders, but today we bring you the full list of farms breaching the sea lice trigger levels set by the Scottish Government.*
To date, no meaningful enforcement action, such as the ordering of culls or immediate reductions in fish-farm biomass, has been taken against serial offenders.
Scottish Government’s new trigger levels of 3 adult female lice per farmed salmon (at which point a “site-specific escalation plan” to reduce lice numbers is required) and 8 adult female lice per farmed salmon (at which point, enforcement action may be ordered to harvest early, reduce biomass or cull-out a farm) are already very considerably more generous to the fish-farmers than the industry’s own longstanding Code of Good Practice (CoGP) sea lice treatment levels of 0.5 or 1 lice per fish, depending on the time of year.
The Scottish Government has a legal duty to protect and conserve wild salmon and sea trout, but this data shows it is failing to rein in the biggest threat to wild salmonids.
BE SALMON SAVVY! Use the list to check your supermarket isn't selling Scottish farmed salmon from these farms. If you spot supermarkets selling from these farms, please snap a photo of the packaging and send it in via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or social media (Facebook or Twitter @SalmonTroutCons).
*Note: The list covers the period extending from week 43 in 2016 (November) to week 35 in 2017 (end August) inclusive.