No fishy business
Supermarket customers buying salmon should check whether the fish has come from a farm that’s making a proper effort to control sea-lice parasites, says Salmon & trout Conservation uk (S&TC uk). as the salmon-farming industry grows apace, largely in enclosed sea lochs, so, unfortunately, does the sea-lice problem, which is spreading into vulnerable juvenile wild salmon and trout populations.
the charity, which is asking customers to name and shame supermarkets in which labelling has no farm origin, suggests that some 120 salmon farms in Scotland exceed the recommended sea-lice threshold. Sea lice literally eat the salmon alive as they graze.
‘the long-term goal has to be closed containment, but, in the meantime, we need to put pressure on supermarkets that are failing in their environmental obligations,’ advises the S&TC uk’s Janina Grey. For information, visit www.salmon-trout.org KG