Aquaculture Useful Information / News:
The Salmon Interactions Working Group has published a report which details 42 recommendations as a package of measures to present to the Scottish Government. These recommendations set out to build a robust and durable framework that will minimise the impact of fish farming on wild salmon.
We congratulate, in particular, Fisheries Management Scotland and the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation for reaching agreement on these recommendations.
We are now eager to work with all parties to help translate the recommendations into substantive delivery on the ground and support the new regime to continue to put wild salmon and sea trout first. We have shared a statement which you can read in full here.
The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea has provided convincing evidence of both direct impacts and major risks from open cage salmon aquaculture on wild salmon and sea trout stocks, in terms of both sea lice loadings and genetic introgression from escaped farmed fish. In light of this evidence on the impacts of Aquaculture the AST revised and updated its positioning statement on salmon aquaculture. We are looking at ways to urgently and positively move forward the dialogue with the fish farming industry and Government so as to improve conditions for wild salmon.