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FISH FARMERS NAMED AND SHAMED!
The Salmon Farm Protest Group (SFPG) can now reveal the names of the fish farmers who allowed more than 1 million farmed salmon to escape or die in their cages during 2005.
Following the landmark decision by the Scottish Freedom of Information Commissioner (Decision 182/2006) that forced the Scottish Executive’s Fisheries Research Services (FRS) to disclose the name of a fish farmer involved in an escape incident in 2006, the SFPG asked the FRS for the names of fish farmers involved in all escapes and fish deaths during 2005.
Top of the list is
Next is North Uist Fisheries Ltd who lost 169,000 fish, including 151,821 smolts from Loch Scadavay, North Uist, when the cages broke up due to severe weather conditions.
Marine Harvest Scotland Ltd come third with a total of 153,874 escaped fish from sites at Loch Seaforth, Gousam,
Pan Fish Ltd lost 120,000 fish from their Strome site in Loch Carron. The FRS report, “Cage walkways sank and took the net below waterline allowing the fish to escape during galeforce conditions. Following the initial cage failure, the cage failed again and more fish escaped.”
Another Norwegian-owned company, Fjord Seafood Scotland Ltd lost 101,013 salmon from two sites at Linngeam and Greinham Island, whilst 65,000 salmon smolts died in the cages during a storm in South Uist at Loch Moreef, owned by South Side Salmon.
Other losses occurred at sites owned by
Scottish Sea Farms (43,453),
SFPG chairman Bruce Sandison said, “Farm salmon escapes seriously damage the genetic integrity of our wild fish stocks. Now, for the first time, fish farmers who allow their salmon to escape will have no place to hide. They will be named and shamed. The public will also be able judge for themselves the true value of the Scottish Salmon Producers (SSPO) voluntary ‘Code of Good Practice’ and what, if anything, the SSPO or the Scottish Executive will do make these fish farmers clean up their act.”
For more information about the work of the SFPG see www.salmonfarmmonitor.org
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
Farmed salmon escapes from sea cages and mortalities
of farmed salmon smolts in freshwater cages in 2005
Stolt Sea Farms Ltd 321,000
North Uist Fisheries Ltd 169,435
South Side Salmon 65,000
Scottish Sea Farms Ltd 43,453
Landcatch Ltd 3,608
Worst farm salmon escape from sea cages:
Stolt Sea Farms site at Eilean Dubh on the east side of the
127,000 farm salmon escaped when the site broke up and ran aground,
allowing the fish to escape.
Worst farm salmon smolt escape from freshwater cages:
Stolt Sea Farms Ltd site at
194,000 smolts escaped when the site broke up due to sever weather conditions
Worst mortality in fish farm cages:
South Side Salmon site at Loch Moreef in
65,000 salmon smolts killed when hurricane force winds destroyed cages