Salmon Farming

Why is salmon farming a problem for wild fish?

Science has given us a loud warning that salmon farming is harming wild fish

 

Currently, poorly run and badly sited open net farms are putting our wild salmon and sea trout at risk from parasites and diseases.

Click or download our infographics below to find out more, and watch our short animation:

What is this campaign about?

Our Salmon Farming Campaign is encouraging a shift to production systems where the salmon farming industry and wild fish can thrive together

Campaign aims

  • Relocate poorly sited farms
  • Review lice regulations and make action on lice trigger levels mandatory
  • Encourage a shift to closed containment salmon farming: either land-based or floating tanks in place of open nets

Work by our Scottish team has already led to Parliamentary action to consider industry reform

Because of your support we've achieved:

SFR Achievements 1

 An in-depth Scottish Parliamentary Committee Inquiry into the salmon farming industry’s impact on wild fish

SFR Achievements 2

A successful petition calling for stronger Government regulation, which lead to initiation of the inquiry

SFR Achievements 3

Our documentary on Loch Maree had a significant impact on the Committee and on social media

S&TC & Salmon Farming on The One Show: September 2018 

Loch Maree film: Our powerful case study

S&TC's Loch Maree film is a powerful and graphic illustration of how a poorly sited salmon farm can have a devastating impact on what was previously a prolific and entirely sustainable wild fishery.

Sea trout stocks in Loch Maree collapsed in 1988, one year after the start of salmon farming in Loch Ewe, the sea loch into which Loch Maree drains via the River Ewe.

We are working to restore what was formerly the finest sea trout fishery in Scotland. Together we can encourage reform of the industry, relieving wild fish from fish farming pressure.

Only with your help will places like Loch Maree be filled with a healthy abundance of wild fish once again.

 

How can you help us?

How can i help? Be salmon savvy

Sustainable sourcing starts with you in the supermarkets.

Our campaigning has lead to full disclosure of which salmon farms are not keeping their lice under control. 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.

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.

Our written evidence to Scottish Parliamentary Committees' Inquiries into salmon farming.

Our critique of Scottish Government's regulation of sea lice within salmon farms - sent to all heads of delegation within the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO).

Learn more: Documents archive

Our work, lobbying and research is extensive and complex; if you want to dive deeper into the details then please explore our document archive below:

S&TC evidence | 2018 REC Committe enquiry

Help to secure a sustainable future for Scotland’s wild fish