The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Salmon farming protest at industry headquarte­rs

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A small protest took place in Perth in an effort to secure tighter controls on the Scottish salmon farming industry.

Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquacultur­e chief Don Staniford gathered his team at the headquarte­rs of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisati­on.

He believes the industry is allowing dangerousl­y large amounts of chemicals – such as emamectin, which is used to kill sea lice – to be used on farms.

Mr Staniford also believes chemicals could be damaging the lochs on which salmon farms are present and that sea lice from the farmed salmon could affect wild salmon.

He said: “Scottish salmon is farmed and dangerous.

“The alarming rise in emamectin benzoate use is now becoming a public health issue.”

The Scottish salmon farming industry has persistent­ly refuted the group’s claims and will be promoting the quality of its product at a conference in Edinburgh tomorrow and at an evening reception at Edinburgh Castle.

In particular, it will see the industry celebrate 25 years of holding the French Government’s Quality Award, the Label Rouge – the first non-French food to receive it.

Scottish, UK and French representa­tives will join retailers, media and masterchef­s at the event, which will also highlight developmen­ts in the industry and the potential for its growth.

Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisati­on said: “I met with Mr Staniford today to put right some of the misunderst­andings he has about the industry.

“Unfortunat­ely, it is clear we will have to agree to disagree on the points he makes.”

 ?? Picture: Gareth Jennings. ?? Don Staniford and his daughter Elseanne at the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquacultur­e protest in Perth.
Picture: Gareth Jennings. Don Staniford and his daughter Elseanne at the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquacultur­e protest in Perth.

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