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Scottish Government invites public contributions to an inquiry into the environmental impact of salmon farming

The Community of Arran Seabed Trust (C.O.A.S.T.) reports, 2nd February 2018: The Scottish Government is inviting views from the public before 8th February 2018 on the issues covered in a new report about the environmental interaction of salmon farming within the wider marine environment. The report is titled Review of the Environmental Impacts of Salmon […]

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Salmon farming and sea lice : an analysis by BBC News

BBC News reports, 14th February 2017: As the latest figures reveal a significant drop in the weight of Scottish salmon being farmed in the last three months of 2016, BBC Scotland’s Business and Economy editor Douglas Fraser considers the impact of sea lice on the industry. Marinet Note: The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation reported in […]

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Salmon farming has done great harm to fish and environment, says Jeremy Paxman

The Daily Telegraph reports, 12th August 2017: Salmon farming has done ‘enormous harm’ to fish stocks and the environment, Jeremy Paxman has warned, as he called for an overhaul of the industry to protect wildlife. The presenter, and keen angler, said many fisheries traded on the image that salmon arrived at the table ‘fresh from […]

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Salmon farms in Scotland displaying increasing levels of sea lice infection

Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland reports, 30th October 2017: Following the formal decision (see link below) by the Scottish Information Commissioner that Scottish Ministers unlawfully tried to withhold information naming fish farms that had breached Scottish Government trigger levels for the numbers of adult female sea lice on farmed salmon, S&TC Scotland has now received […]

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Disturbing news from salmon fish farms in British Columbia, Canada

DeSmogCanada reports, 23rd August 2017: Disturbing New Footage Shows Diseased, Deformed Salmon in B.C. Fish Farms. Marinet Note: Before reading this story, we recommend you view first this 3 minute video made in connection with the story — click the Facebook link here. New footage released to DeSmog Canada shows deformed and disfigured salmon at […]

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Salmon becomes the first genetically engineered animal to enter the food supply

The Guardian reports, 9th August 2017: Canadian supermarkets have become the first in the world to stock genetically modified fish, and about five tonnes of GM salmon have been sold in the country in recent months. The sales figure was revealed in the most recent earnings report of the US-based AquaBounty Technologies, whose hybrid Atlantic […]

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Devon Wildlife Trust wants strong controls on Wrasse being captured by salmon farming industry

The Devon Wildlife Trust reports, 26th June 2017: Devon Wildlife Trust is calling for the immediate ban on live capture of all wrasse species in the South West from within Marine Protected Areas. Wrasse are being captured live from our coastline in very high numbers and transported to Scotland where they are used to control […]

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Devon Wildlife Trust launches Wrasse petition, and says new measures are not enough

The Devon Wildlife Trust reports, 14th July 2017: Following our wrasse campaign, new measures have been announced by authorities this week. But DWT believes they do not go far enough to ensure prevention of damage to our Marine Protected Areas. In June, DWT raised the alarm when we heard that a wrasse fishery had begun […]

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Scottish government accused of colluding to conceal pesticide pollution from fish farms

The Sunday Herald (Scotland) reports, 5th June 2017: The Scottish Government has allowed a US drug company to secretly rubbish a scientific study blaming one of its pesticides for killing wildlife in Scottish sea lochs. The Sunday Herald has uncovered that the £76 billion New Jersey multinational, Merck, hired reviewers to criticise evidence in a […]

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C.O.A.S.T. offers a UK election marine agenda which the politicians largely failed to debate

 The Community of Arran Seabed Trust asks in its June Newsletter: Do our politicians care about coastal communities and healthy seas? Time to embrace sustainable alternatives: Little has been said during the election about one of the biggest issues facing coastal communities — the health of the marine environment. Ironically, only Donald Trump has succeeded in putting […]

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Large number of salmon escape from Scottish fish farm

The Daily Record (Scotland) reports 10th April 2017: Thousands of Atlantic salmon escaped from a farm in one of the biggest breaches the industry has seen. Around 20,000 fish got out of the farm run by Scottish Sea Farms at Bloody Bay on the Isle of Mull. And 1,300 wrasse — used at the site […]

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The Guardian reports on the condition of salmon farming in Scotland

John Vidal,The Guardian, reports, 1st April 2017: Every day, salmon farmers across the world walk into steel cages — in the seas off Scotland or Norway or Iceland — and throw in food. Lots of food; they must feed tens of thousands of fish before the day is over. They must also check if there […]

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Scottish salmon farming said to be in a sea lice “crisis”

BBC News Scotland reports, 14th February 2017: Marine Harvest, the largest producer of Scottish salmon, says it is losing around 1,500 tonnes of fish per year, out of nearly 40,000 tonnes produced. As consumer demand for fish increases, the price has soared to record levels in recent months. That is expected to feed through to […]

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Proposals for a “mega” salmon farm in Scotland arouse concern

The Herald (Scotland) reports, 5th February 2017: Secret and lucrative plans for the world’s biggest salmon farm around Orkney or Shetland would “abjectly” fail pollution limits and make “fools” of Scotland’s environmental watchdog, according to internal documents seen by the Sunday Herald. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has been privately considering proposals for a […]

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Fish production and processing has become “globalised”

Yahoo News.com reports, 16th January 2017: That smoked salmon you bought for the New Year’s festivities has a story to tell. The salmon may have been raised in Scotland — but it probably began life as roe in Norway. Harvested at a coastal farm, the fish may have been sent to Poland to be smoked. […]

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A Proposal for Sustainable Salmon Farming, replacing present practices

James Merryweather, scottishsalmonthinktank.net, has published an analysis of present salmon fish farming practices along with reform proposals to place salmon fish farming on a sustainable basis. We provide here material from his website.   FISH FARMS (a review of net-cage salmon farming in Scotland) When I first started to investigate salmon farming in Scotland (and Canada, […]

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Scottish salmon farming “fighting a losing battle” against sea lice

The Aberdeen press and Journal reports, 2nd January 2016: “Campaigners have warned that Scottish salmon farming is “fighting a losing battle” against chemically resistant sea lice. It follows the revelation that the use of toxic chemicals to fight sea lice on salmon farms has soared by almost 1,000% in the past decade. According to official […]

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FishingTV : The true cost of farmed salmon

The online film site, FishingTV, reports September 2016: Sometimes we at FishingTV come across a film that we feel that everyone needs to see, no matter whether they’re an angler or not. Last week we uploaded one that without doubt falls into that category. Salmon Confidential is an in depth documentary looking at the plight […]

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GM salmon production and consumption approved by USA

The Guardian reports, 19th November 2015: The production and consumption of genetically engineered salmon has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, marking the first time that a genetically modified animal product has been cleared for sale in the US. The FDA said that it has approved the salmon, produced by Massachusetts-based firm AquaBounty […]

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GM salmon egg production in Canada to be challenged in the courts

The Guardian reports, 17th November 2015: Environmental groups are taking the Canadian government to court in an attempt to halt the production of genetically modified salmon eggs, claiming that the process risks a “huge live experiment” with the genetic make-up of all wild Atlantic salmon. A US firm has been granted permission to produce fertile […]

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