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Read article via BBC News: "Sea lice blamed for major fall in salmon tonnage"
Read press release online here
Listen online via BBC Radio Scotland 'Newsdrive' on toxic chemicals & salmon farming
Read article via The National: "Concerns raised over Scottish salmon roe imports"
Read article via Shooting Times: "Standing Up for Salmon"
Read article via Daily Mail: "Why saving our salmon distresses our dolphins - noise devices to scare predators also put marine mammals at risk""
Read article via "Salmon farm objector targets Kintyre aquaculture"
Read article via "Sick salmon at Scottish fish farm revealed on film"
Read article via "Salmon farms accused of poor environmental practices". Read more via Failing Fish Farms: Scotland's Worst Salmon Farms Named & Shamed
Read article via The National: "Government 'failing to protect Scottish salmon'"
Read more via Reported Versus Reality - 'Inaccuracies' Rebutted by Scottish Salmon Watch (18 May 2018)
Read article via Financial Times: "Scotland’s salmon farmers tackle sea lice scourge"
Read article via "Scottish Government bid to exempt fish farming from US ban on seal killing"
Read article via "Skye islanders object to two new salmon farms"
Read via Hard Evidence: Dossier of Data on Lice, Diseases & Mortalities at Scottish Salmon Farms (13 March 2018)
Read more via "About the Inquiry" and watch video report via "Parliamentary Committee to scrutinise the farmed salmon industry in Scotland". More details via Press Release: "Scrutiny for Scottish Salmon" and read the report on the environmental impacts of salmon farming (5 March 2018) online here. Read news coverage via Press Update: Scottish Salmon Slapped!
In early 2018, the Scottish Parliament's Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee undertook an inquiry into the environmental impact of salmon farming in Scotland. Oral evidence was heard in January & February with written evidence submitted by 8 February. A report by the ECCLR Committee was scheduled to be sent to the Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee in early March. Read more via "Environmental impacts of salmon farming" and read the final report published on 5 March 2018 online here.
In January 2018, the Scottish Association of Marine Science submitted a report to the Scottish Parliament. Read more via "Review of environmental impacts of salmon farming in Scotland".
During oral evidence on 6 February 2018, the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation pledged to publish site specific data on lice infestations, mortalities and infectious diseases. Read more via Official Report: Scottish Parliament inquiry into the environmental impacts of salmon farming (6 Feb); Media Update: Scottish Salmon Pledges to Publish Data on Diseases & Lice Infestations and
Video: Scottish Parliament inquiry into the environmental impacts of salmon farming.
Over 85 written submissions are available via the Scottish Parliament's Environment Committee - read online here. Read more via "Update: Written evidence to Scottish Parliament salmon farming inquiry". Scottish Salmon Watch's written submission to the Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee (13 March) is online via Hard Evidence: Dossier of Data on Lice, Diseases & Mortalities at Scottish Salmon Farms
The Scottish Parliament's salmon farming inquiry was prompted by a petition filed by Guy Linley-Adams of Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland in 2016. Read more via "Media Backgrounder: Inquiry into Salmon Farming by the Scottish Parliament".
Watch online via BBC Reporting Scotland (Evening News, 5 March 2018)
Read via "Fears Salmon Farming Is Bad For Environment"
Freedom of Information has the power to open up the can of worms that is Scottish salmon farming. Read more via Scottish Salmon Farming's Room 101 and "Gaining Transparency: using the FOIA process to track down data on the impacts of fish farming".
Thanks to FOI's filed by the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (and others) there is a raft of information on the problems of Scottish salmon. Read online here
In February 2018, the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation pledged to make public site-specific data on diseases, lice and mortalities. Read more via "Victory for Freedom of Information" and Holyrood: "Salmon producers agree to publish reports on fish deaths".
Thanks to Salmon & Trout Conservation (Scotland) we now have site specific data on Scotland's liciest salmon farms - 62 in total including farms operated by Marine Harvest, Loch Duart, the Scottish Salmon Company, Scottish Sea Farms, Grieg Seafood & Cooke. Read more via: "FOI Number Five – getting you the information they don’t want you to see!"; "Scottish salmon farming’s ‘liciest’ farms named and shamed"; "Scotland’s worst sea lice offenders: Full Farm List".
In 2015, a landmark ruling by the Scottish Information Commissioner forced the Scottish Government to publish data on salmon farms killing seals. Read more via "Campaigners welcome ruling on seal shooting disclosure"; "Victory: Disclosure of Seal-Killing Salmon Farm Data Ordered by 21 August" and "Salmon farms that slaughter protected seals to be 'named and shamed' after landmark ruling".
Much of the data now available on Scottish salmon farms stems from a FOI filed by award-winning campaigner and angling author Bruce Sandison who won a landmark ruling from the Scottish Information Commissioner in 2006. Bruce's legacy lives on in the mountain of information now available on the problems of salmon farms. Read more via "Victory for Freedom of Information".
Read article via: "As Wild Salmon Decline, Norway Pressures Its Giant Fish Farms".
Read article via "Aquaculture: Meeting the Critics".
Read article via "Norwegians Concede a Role in Chilean Salmon Virus".
Read article via "British activist rubbishes wild fish farming".
Read article via "Anti-salmon-farming activist wins B.C. court victory: Don Staniford suggested eating farmed salmon was as dangerous as smoking". Read also "Don Staniford: Salmon Farming Critic Removed From Canada"; "Don Staniford, Salmon Activist, Ordered To Pay Fish Farm $75,000"; "Salmon farming company wins defamation lawsuit" and "B.C. fish-farm foe takes fight against industry to Scotland".
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