List of “li­ci­est” Scot­tish sal­mon farms re­vealed

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Sal­mon & Trout Con­ser­va­tion (S&TC) Scot­land has “named and shamed” those sal­mon farms whose stock con­tains the high­est lev­els of sea lice.

As re­ported last month in Shoot­ing Times (News, 4 Oc­to­ber), the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment was crit­i­cised for with­hold­ing in­for­ma­tion about which farms had breached set lev­els for the num­bers of adult fe­male sea lice on farmed sal­mon. These lev­els state that three per sal­mon should trig­ger a “site-spe­cific es­ca­la­tion plan” to re­duce lice num­bers, while eight per sal­mon can lead to ac­tion such as an or­der for early har­vest or a cull.

S&TC Scot­land has now named Grieg Seafood Shet­land as the worstper­form­ing com­pany in the Scot­tish Is­lands and over­all worst-per­form­ing com­pany in Scot­land. The worst in the West High­lands was the Scot­tish Sal­mon Com­pany, while worst smaller op­er­a­tor was Loch Duart.

Andrew Gra­ham-ste­wart, di­rec­tor of S&TC Scot­land, said: “Many of the in­di­vid­ual farms’ sea lice num­bers, which have long been hid­den within re­gional ag­gre­gated ‘aver­ages’ pub­lished by the in­dus­try, are far worse than we en­vis­aged. Sea lice num­bers on farmed fish across much of the in­dus­try are of epi­demic pro­por­tions.”

Mr Gra­ham-ste­wart high­lighted the ex­am­ple of Fur­nace Quarry farm in Loch Fyne, run by the Scot­tish Sal­mon Com­pany, which was al­lowed to con­tinue to op­er­ate de­spite adult fe­male lice num­bers recorded at 15 to 23 per farmed fish.

High sea lice lev­els can threaten the sur­vival of migratory sal­mon

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