No fishy busi­ness

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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

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