Scotland’s worst sea lice offenders: Full Farm List

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 ( 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.


23 thoughts on “Scotland’s worst sea lice offenders: Full Farm List

  1. I liҝe what yoᥙ guys are up too. Such clever work and
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  2. Excellent work some tangible headway being made to shift public opinion. I am sure you have already but if not you must share this good work with your equivalent organisations around the world in particular those in BC Canada as they need help to change attitudes in the provincial government.

    1. Thanks – yes, we work closely with colleagues in other countries through being members of the NASCO NGO group

  3. I wonder whether providing lice figures for each offending farm might be made available as would strengthen the message?

  4. It’s quite difficult to see from a glance at the list, but there seem to be seven offending companies:
    Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Ltd
    Dawnfresh Farming Ltd
    Grieg Seafood Shetland Ltd
    Loch Duart Ltd
    Marine Harvest(Scotland)Ltd
    Scottish Sea Farms Ltd
    The Scottish Salmon Company

    According to its website, the following companies are members of Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation.
    Cooke Aquaculture (Scotland)
    Loch Duart Ltd.
    Marine Harvest (Scotland)
    The Scottish Salmon Company
    Scottish Seafarms
    Wester Ross Salmon

    So when buying it seems we need to look out for Wester Ross salmon, the only one not on the offenders’ list.

  5. Cannot open the list! I hope this is a temporary problem and not something more sinister!

    1. Hi there, I’ve reduced the file size as it was previously quite large, this should help with downloading. Please try the link again and let me know if you still have trouble. All the best.

  6. Little wonder that The Scottish Salmon Company Ltd as been so vociferous in defending its dirty aquaculture activities for so long, and no doubt ‘leaning’ on the Scottish Government to keep the truth hidden. The Scottish Salmon Company appears, from the list, to be the ‘biggest offender’, but all the companies are guilty!
    Where, may I ask, have been SEPA and DEFRA in all of this. As the Govt bodies (both for Scotland and UK wide) charged with pollution control and animal health issues -they appear to be conspicuous by their apparent absence in exercising their powers.
    Money, as ever, calls the tune it seems!!

  7. May I suggest the Salmon and Trout call on the Scottish Government to GRANT AID together with the fish farmers a founding package to go to CLOSED CONTAINMENT. Pick an area on the west like Isle EWE. Go to closed containment monitor the system and see what happen. Let Scotland pioneer closed containment world wide..

    1. Thanks for this, but we tend not to highlight any open net farms because the threat is always there of something going wrong and impacting wild salmon and sea trout. We believe the only way to farm fish in the sea is in closed containment units – and if these are on land, so much the better. We will support any company that moves to closed containment, but not until then!

    2. We have been trying this for some while, but the Government won’t move. However, with the Parliamentary Committee Inquiry scheduled for early next year – which came about because of our petition to the Government – I think we will see some movement from the Government, if only in terms of tighter regulation. I don’t think they can support the status quo for much longer…

  8. This is very useful information; thank you.
    I wondered though if it might also be useful to publish a list of the farms that do comply to show that it can be done, and also so we know whose fish to buy. From the list of offenders, it does look to me as if a list of compliers would be very short!

  9. Good Work.

    So the vast majority of the producers of farmed salmon in Scottish Waters are on this list! What proportion of overall production do they produce and of that how much is produced from these named dish farms? Scandalous, and the finger gets pointed at anglers! What do Marine Scotland actually do?!

    1. Difficult to research actual tonnage, but it is a significant percentage grown in poorly operated units. And don’t forget that 40 million salmon have been killed in Scottish salmon farms over the past couple of years by disease, lice treatments etc, even before any tonnage is harvested for market. You are quite right in suggesting that Marine Scotland could do better!

  10. I looked at all Tesco smoked salmon, but the name of the fish farms is not on the package, only the Tesco base in England

  11. I think we should produce and distribute sheets of stickers that say “Health warning: this fish was produced by an intensive fish farm that breaches government safeguards.”
    We could then make visits to our offending supermarkets and label some products.. This sort of pressure has been used by animal rights organisations with alarming effectiveness. Sdly we need to learn frolm them.

  12. Congratulations S&TA for your success in what must be one of the most important victories to date. As regards information, the names of the offending fish farms are very localised and will mean little to anyone outside their immediate areas. May I suggest that a map is produced which shows their actual locations? This would be particularly useful as it would show the full extent of this chemical and parasitical pollution.

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