The Salmon Farm Monitor
Guest Column, October 2004
The traps were suspended below buoys around the Salmon nets and were baited with live salmon. The seals enter the trap and are drowned. As many as five seals can be killed in these traps at one time.
It is hard to believe that anyone would be so callous.
We were given good information by a salmon farm employee that a large salmon farm in Dales Voe had a drowning trap. We managed to borrow a boat and dived the nets and it soon became obvious that we would need a lot of time to inspect all of the nets. Gavin made the first dive and found the visibility was really bad as the water was full of fish excrement. In fact Gavin gave up after 30 mins as we were getting nowhere fast.
NB As of 25th November 2004 no report about this incident had been received by the Procurator Fiscals office in Lerwick. Lerwick Police are currently looking into the SFPG’s request for further clarification. Read also Press Release issued by Jonathan Wills of Seabirds-and-Seals