The Salmon Farm Monitor
An rud bhios na do bhròin, cha bhi e na do thiomhnadh
That which you have wasted will not be there for future generations


SALMON FARM PROTEST GROUP

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE USE (Monday 28th October 2002)

Farmed salmon boycott makes a big splash - photos of Saturday's protest now on The Salmon Farm Monitor web-site

Hundreds of anglers, groups and individuals from throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland protested outside supermarkets last Saturday about salmon farm damage to the environment and a possible danger to public health from eating farmed fish. Protesters in 97 locations handed out over 15,000 "Why You Shouldn't Eat Farmed Salmon" posters outside an estimated 250 supermarkets including M&S, Safeway, Tesco, ASDA and Sainsburys'. Buoyed by such a successful turnout and a positive public reaction The Salmon Farm Protest Group are planning another series of protests.

Salmon Farm Protest Group chairman Bruce Sandison, said: "I am overwhelmed by the level of support and want to thank all our friends for their help. I believe this sends a clear message to supermarkets, salmon farmers, and to the Scottish Executive who promote this dirty business that the public may no longer consider farmed salmon safe to eat"

Reports from SFPG supporters are flooding in (further up-dates will be posted on The Salmon Farm Monitor: www.salmonfarmmonitor.org):

"I was impressed at the level of public awareness of the implications for wild fish from salmon farming. I hope that the Salmon Farm Protest Group will build on this success." (Mark Bowler, Editor, Fly-Fishing & Fly-Tying magazine, from Perth.)

"The day went well - even too well as I ran out of posters! Lots of people know about farm salmon after watching TV programmes. One or two teachers took information for their schools." (Tim Clasper, York)

"Done – posters distributed outside M&S in Dover town centre. Put me down for any follow up action that I can manage on two walking sticks!" (Richard Bunting, Dover)

"Successful morning. Encouraging comments from shoppers." (Roger Baker, Killarney)

"A very good day here in London. The M&S management almost had apoplexy as we were parked smack bang in the main street - all mouths agape from the passing buses and cars etc" (Rod O’Sullivan, Ealing)

"I have been amazed at how ‘clued-up’ such a lot of people were. General disgust at the apathetic government that lets such things happen." (Simon Smith, Pershore)

"You may be pleased to note that my wife and I have decided to stop eating farmed salmon after we saw the protest outside M&S in Edinburgh on Saturday" (Phil Haywood, Edinburgh)

Salmon Farm Protest Group member Don Staniford said: "Supermarkets are deliberately misleading consumers with the many shoppers still unaware salmon is farmed let alone that it contains artificial colourings, contaminants and four times more fat than wild salmon. Saturday's success will be followed up by more protests in the run up to Xmas."

The Salmon Farm Monitor (www.salmonfarmmonitor.org) will continue to provide press up-dates, photos and further details concerning the second series of protests scheduled for December.

Further information from:

Bruce Sandison Tel: 01847 611274; mobile: 07974 863 824
Don Staniford Tel: 07880 716082
Or visit:
www.salmonfarmmonitor.org

Protest Locations

Aberdeen
Aberfeldy
Aultbea, Wester Ross
Aberwstyth, Wales
Avoch, Black Isle
Ayr
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Bishopbriggs, Glasgow
Blackburn, Lancashire
Boat of Garten
Bognar Regis, West Sussex
Bowling, Glasgow
Bradfield, Berks
Bridge of Allan
Brighton
Bristol
Broadford, Skye
Buncrana, Co.Donegal
Bury, Lancashire
Camborne, Cornwall
Castleton, Man
Chelmsford, Essex
Chepstow
Clydebank
Colinsbugh, Fife
Colne, Lancashire
Corwen, Denbighshire
Darlington, Durham
Dingwall
Dover, Kent
Dumfries
Dumbarton
Dunfermline
Edinburgh
Elgin, Morayshire
Fermoy, Cork
Fort William
Gairloch,
Glasgow
Grantown on Spey
Guisburn, Lancashire
Forfar, Angus
Hamilton
Harrow
Henley
Hereford
Inverness
Keighley
Kirkwall, Orkney
Kirriemuir, Angus
Lerwick, Shetland
Langholm, Dumfriesshire
Leicester
Livingston
London
Manningtree, Essex
Milngavie, Glasgow
Morcambe, Lancashire
Muir of Ord
Musselburgh
Nelson, Lancashire
Newcastle-on-Tyne
Newport, IoW
Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire
Oxford
Partick, Glasgow
Peebles
Penicuik, Midlothian
Pershore, Worcs
Perth
Pontefract
Portree, Isle of Skye
Plymouth, Devon
Reading, Berks
Runcorn
Rutherglen, Glasgow
St Asaph, Wales
Salisbury, Wilts
Sheffield
Skipton
Sonning, Berkshire
Stirling
Stromness, Orkney
Swindon
Telford
Tetsworth, Oxfordshire
Thurso, Caithness
Troon, Ayrshire
Ullapool
Watervillie, Kerry
Westerfield, Suffolk
Wick, Caithness
Widnes
Woodbridge
York