More to Awe decline than farms, says SSPO
CLAIMS that salmon farms are to blame for the decline of wild stocks in one of Scotland’s rivers are ‘premature and over simplistic’, the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation said last month.
The 2017 count from the River Awe in the south-west Highlands is projected to be the lowest since records began, said Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland - the result, it believes, of ‘intensive’ fish farming in the area and the spread of sea lice at farms.
MSPs are set to hold an inquiry into the salmon farming industry in early 2018. Ahead of the inquiry, Fergus Ewing, Scotland’s Minister for Rural Affairs, is planning to hold an aquaculture debate in the Holyrood parliament.
The SSPO and Scotland’s salmon companies will issue formal invitations to MSPs in the coming weeks encouraging them to visit farms and see for themselves what the industry is doing, said SSPO chief executive Scott Landsburgh.