The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)
Salmon farming protest at industry headquarters
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.”