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.
A sustainable future for wild fish
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
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.
What's happening with Scotland's wild fish?
Find out what is happening to wild fish in Scotland and download our infographic with key campaign facts.
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
New scientific study underlines damage to wild salmon and sea trout populations from salmon farm parasites – in Scotland, Norway and Ireland
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Science & Policy archive
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- Commission Genetics Letter 160816 Petition to Scottish Government PE01598
- S&TC Scotland 2013-2015 The Control of Sea Lice on Fish Farms in Scotland
- S&TC Scotland 2017 Update on the Control of Sea Lice on Fish Farms in Scotland
- S&TC Scotland Aquaculture Policy
- S&TC Scotland Campaign & Petition Leads to Parliamentary Inquiry
- S&TC Scotland Response to SEPA DZR Consultation
- RSPCA Farm Assured Report: Our report challenging the RSPCA farm assured certification using official government mortality figures
- Complaint to the European Commission: Our complaint to the European Commission on Scottish Government’s failure to address the impacts of sea lice from salmon farming on wild fish
- A critique of the Scottish Government’s new sea lice management policy for Scottish salmon farming January 2018
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- MSS Summary of Science 2016
- S&TC Scotland Loch Fyne update
- Sheppard, McIntyre, Gargan - Aquaculture and Environmental Drivers of Salmon Lice Infestation and Body Condition in Sea Trout 2016
- Thorstad et al - Effects of Salmon Lice on Wild Sea Trout, Literature Review
- Collapse of Loch Maree sea trout: how culpable is salmon farming – Dr Andy Walker: Our commissioned report on the main causes of Loch Maree’s sea trout collapse and on whether the closure of salmon farming in adjacent saltwater Loch Ewe would allow recovery of the fishery
- Impacts of salmon lice emanating from salmon farms on wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout: NINA Report, Thorstad & Finstad 2018, commissioned by S&TC Scotland
Help to secure a sustainable future for Scotland’s wild fish
Our immediate focus is collecting evidence for the Scottish Parliamentary Committee Inquiry into salmon farming and its impact on wild salmon and sea trout. We influenced the setting up of this Inquiry and it is a once in a generation opportunity to move the industry towards sustainability.