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23/06/2017

S&TCS Campaign and Petition leads to Parliamentary Inquiry into Scottish salmon farming

A formal Petition, lodged in the Scottish Parliament in February 2016 by Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland, seeking protection for wild salmonids from sea lice from Scottish salmon farms, has r...
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24/05/2017

James Ronald Carr, OBE (1946-2017)

It is with great sadness that we have to report that James Carr, former Chairman of S&TA, passed away earlier this month after a long, sustained struggle against an aggressive illness. Ov...
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09/05/2017

Consumers asked to challenge supermarkets on the source of Scottish farmed salmon

Salmon & Trout Conservation UK (S&TC UK) is inviting consumers to help identify those supermarkets that are stocking salmon from farms which are failing to control deadly sea lice parasite...
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12/04/2017

New report from salmon farming’s biggest company confirms that Scotland is the “dirty man of global aquaculture”

Marine Harvest’s performance on sea lice control in Scotland is drastically worse than any of its other worldwide operations
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29/03/2017

Where is the salmon you’re eating being farmed?

It is clear that in the UK salmon is a very popular dish. The growing demand for Atlantic salmon on our dinner tables has supported the boom of fish farms around the west coast of Scotland. Unfortu...
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21/03/2017

S&TCS launches campaign to restore iconic sea trout fishery to its former glory

New film explains the catastrophic collapse of sea trout stocks in Loch Maree, once one of the world’s truly great wild fisheries, following the arrival of salmon farming in the adjacent sea loch
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20/03/2017

Collapse of Loch Maree sea trout

How culpable is salmon farming? Read Andrew Walker's report
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17/02/2017

S&TC(S) responds to BBC for biased report on salmon farms.

S&TC(S) objects to Reporting Scotland's feature on salmon farming aired on 14 February. S&TC(S) Director Andrew Graham-Stewart has now written this letter to the BBC
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22/12/2016

Conservationists are stunned by devastating pollution incident on the Teifi

Conservationists from the charity, Salmon & Trout Conservation Cymru (S&TCC), are shocked by the devastating impact of a pollution incident on the River Teifi, which has killed vast numbers of fish and potentially other wildlife on a six mile stretch of this supposedly specially protected river.
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14/12/2016

S&TC complains to BBC on biased programming

Paul Knight, S&TC CEO has sent the following letter to the BBC after the corporation aired its Christmas Supermarket Secrets programme: We were appalled to hear the promotion given to smoked fa...
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07/12/2016

Sainsbury’s and the Co-Op called upon to give ultimatums to farmed salmon suppliers to protect iconic west coast wild salmon and sea trout populations. Green credentials on the line?

Scottish salmon farm industry supplying UK supermarkets from regions where rampant sea lice numbers pose major threat to the survival of wild salmon and sea trout. In the run up to Christmas, Salmo...
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07/11/2016

Exposing Scottish Government’s ludicrously inflated adult salmon estimates

Scottish Government first introduced classifications for the country’s salmon rivers in September 2015. These applied for the 2016 season. The classifications put all the rivers in the west High...
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31/10/2016

Leading Scotland newspaper endorses S&TC(S) campaign

"The Herald", one of Scotland's leading daily newspapers, made our report on the devastation caused by the Amoebic Gill Disease outbreak at Marine Harvest salmon farms headline news.
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31/10/2016

Stupendous charity auction result is a boost for wild fish and rivers

Salmon & Trout Conservation UK is delighted to report that its recent online, live and silent auctions, which culminated in a spectacular dinner at Fishmongers Hall in London, raised more than £100,000.
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28/10/2016

Virulent disease at Marine Harvest salmon farms raises concerns over potential impacts on wild fish

Integrity of Special Area of Conservation for wild salmon on Harris under threat. Other important wild fisheries also at risk.
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13/06/2016

Scotland's dismal environmental record on salmon farming exposed at international salmon conference

Scottish Government has laxer standards on control of sea lice parasites than any other salmon farming country in the North Atlantic
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23/05/2016

New S&TCS analysis shows how wild salmon rod catches in the main salmon farming region of the west Highlands and Islands lag far behind those of the East coast

"The only significant difference between the two coasts is the presence of aquaculture on the West"
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11/05/2016

Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland makes formal complaint to European Commission on Scottish Government’s failure to address the impacts of sea lice parasites produced by Scottish salmon farms threatening west coast wild salmon and sea trout

Scottish Government called upon to improve dramatically the protection of wild salmon and sea trout from harm caused by poorly-managed marine salmon farms and remedy breach of European law
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23/03/2016

Sea-lice at Scottish salmon farms run by Sainsbury's supplier yet again threatening west coast wild salmon and sea trout

Challenge to supermarket to replace earlier 'warm words' with robust action
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18/01/2016

Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland launches parliamentary petition calling for tighter regulation of salmon farms to protect wild fish

The current regulatory regime for fish farms gives very little protection to wild salmon and sea trout and is untenable
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14/12/2015

Open letter to Dr Aileen McLeod (Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform) from Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland on protecting wild salmonids from sea lice from Scottish salmon farms.


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14/12/2015

Report highlights massive threat to wild salmon and sea trout from Scottish salmon farms failing to control sea lice over the last two years. Industry-wide problem with sea lice not under control

Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland calls for urgent action from Scottish Government
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07/12/2015

S&TCS asks top chefs to examine the environmental record of salmon farmed by Loch Duart Ltd and reconsider their endorsements

S&TCS has written to some of the UK's most high profile chefs
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05/10/2015

Wild salmon populations have fallen below safe conservation limits in all rivers in the Scottish west Highland salmon-farming zone

S&TCS calls for immediate moratorium on salmon farming expansion
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28/09/2015

Salmon & Trout Conservation (Scotland) welcomes Scottish Government's revisions to salmon kill licence proposals

Salmon & Trout Conservation (Scotland) (S&TC(S)) has welcomed today's announcement by the Scottish Government that it intends to dilute its earlier proposals to restrict the killing of salmon within rivers. Restrictions on the killing of wild salmon are now likely to be in line with "a targeted system based on fish stocks."
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04/09/2015

The eagerly anticipated S&TC UK online Annual Auction: better than ever!

Opening on Monday 7th September
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20/08/2015

Scotland's biggest wild salmon netting company sentenced for wildlife crime – fishing illegally

S&TA(S) hopes the level of fine will act as a deterrent against future breaches of the law
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24/07/2015

Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) welcomes Scottish Government's momentous salmon conservation proposals

Coastal salmon netting to be banned
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12/06/2015

Figures show sea-lice explosion in Loch Fyne and Loch Torridon salmon farms in spring 2015

Scottish Government called upon to copy Norway and start issuing 'cull orders' to tackle out-of-control sea lice issue on Scottish fish farms. Time for robust action on threat to wild salmon and sea trout conservation
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12/06/2015

Salmon and Trout Association pressure forces closure of Annan salmon stake net fishery

The Salmon and Trout Association (S&TA) has welcomed the decision by Dumfries and Galloway Council to close forthwith its major mixed stocks salmon netting station close to Annan in the Solway. This follows legal pressure from S&TA on the Council, including the threat of judicial review, that any decisions to allow stake netting to continue would be in breach of the EU’s Habitats Directive because the Annan stake nets are highly likely to intercept salmon destined for the River Eden in Cumbria. The Eden is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for salmon and it is failing its conservation targets.
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10/06/2015

Salmon netting to continue in west Greenland with Greenland undertaking to limit the catch, allied with a regime of improved monitoring and recording.

The Salmon & Trout Association has expressed its concern at the limited progress made at last week's Thirty-Second Annual Meeting of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) in Goose Bay, Canada, on reducing the catch of salmon, of both North American and European origin, in the mixed stocks fishery off west Greenland. A high priority for the meeting had been to reach an agreement on a firm quota for the fishery for the next three seasons.
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28/04/2015

Head of fishery science ups her game

The S&TA is delighted to announce that Dr Janina Gray, the Association’s well-regarded Head of Science and Environment Policy has successfully defended her PhD.
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24/04/2015

Release of the official statistics confirms that Scotland’s salmon rod catches in 2014 were the lowest in over 60 years

S&TA(S) says that the figures underline why action is needed to conserve stocks
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21/04/2015

Kill Licence Briefing - April 15

(S&TA(S)) SUPPORTS PROPOSALS IN SCOTLAND TO INTRODUCE A “KILL LICENCE” SYSTEM FOR SALMON FROM THE 2016 SEASON.
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29/01/2015

Scotland's biggest salmon netting company pleads guilty to wildlife crime - for fishing outwith permitted hours

Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) welcomes Usan's admission of serious breaches of fishery regulations.
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23/01/2015

Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) welcomes dismissal of appeal by The Scottish Salmon Company against time-limited planning permission for salmon farm

Reporter acknowledges threat to wild fish stocks of sea lice emanating from salmon farming
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16/12/2014

S&TA(S) launches petition to stop all killing of wild salmon before 1st July for five years

The Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)), in conjunction with leading angling guide and consultant Ian Gordon, has today launched an online petition aimed at preventing any killing of wild salmon in Scotland before 1st July for the next five years. This follows two years of poor salmon runs and reflects an increasing appreciation that decisive action is required to help arrest the decline. In 2013 6,563 salmon were killed before 1st July – of which over two thirds were taken by nets.
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05/12/2014

Salmon & Trout Association Scotland (S&TA(S)) welcomes Scottish Government announcement that it will consult on a pioneering conservation measure to ban the killing of wild salmon except under licence

The Salmon & Trout Association Scotland (S&TA(S)) welcomes Scottish Government’s announcement today that it will consult imminently on the introduction of a ban on the killing of wild salmon except under licence in order to ensure that “any killing of salmon is sustainable”.
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11/11/2014

S&TA LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTIONS MOST SUCCESSFUL EVER

True online bidding facility draws in bidders from far and wide
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11/11/2014

The Wild Fisheries Review: Changing of the guard

The Wild Fisheries Review, commissioned by Scottish Government, was published in October, following extensive consultation by the Chairman Andrew Thin and his team.
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05/09/2014

New online service to submit catch returns


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18/08/2014

Catastrophe of salmon farm ‘sea-lice soup’ hits juvenile salmon and sea-trout across huge area of the west coast and western isles

S&TA(S) congratulates local council for principled planning decisions to safeguard wild salmon and sea-trout but castigates Minister for allowing wild salmon catastrophe to continue on his watch
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14/08/2014

Conservation organisation calls on Scottish Ministers to act now to limit salmon exploitation in response to the worst runs in decades

The Salmon and & Trout Association (Scotland) is appealing to Scottish Ministers to encourage maximum restraint in any exploitation of salmon in the next few months. The appeal is in response to this year’s very poor runs of salmon, which so far in 2014 are believed by many to be the worst in living memory.
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22/07/2014

Calling all aspiring film-makers (of any age)!

SALMON & TROUT ASSOCIATION INTRODUCES INNOVATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL FILM AWARD: "THE INVISIBLE WORLD" Leading wildlife film-makers to judge entries. £2,000 for winning entry


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08/04/2014

Controversial Wester Ross salmon farms at centre of planning confusion

Highland Council not told of Scottish Government decision to withhold planning permission from fish-farms with very poor sea-lice records in Little Loch Broom Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) calls for closure of the Ardessie B fish-farm and a thorough environmental assessment of Ardessie A, failing which that farm too must close
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07/04/2014

Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) welcomes Usan Salmon Fisheries Ltd’s decision not to net on Ythan

The Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)) has welcomed the announcement by Usan Salmon Fisheries Ltd, Scotland’s largest salmon netting company, not to exercise its recently acquired rights to net in the estuary of the River Ythan and on the adjacent coastline.
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14/03/2014

Do you value your Scotland fishing?

Then please participate in this important survey
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03/03/2014

YET AGAIN, SALMON FARMING INDUSTRY FIGURES REVEAL THAT SEA LICE NUMBERS ARE OUT OF CONTROL IN PARTS OF THE WEST COAST AND WESTERN ISLES

The Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) calls on Ministers to show leadership with decisive action in Wester Ross where lice numbers have been consistently over thresholds for a full year


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26/02/2014

WORLD FISH MIGRATION DAY, 24th MAY 2014

S&TA is a proud supporter World Fish Migration Day 2014, 24th May 2014, which is designed to create awareness of the importance of river connectivity and free migration to achieve healthy fish stocks.


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12/12/2013

S&TA(S) CALLS ON ASDA TO END RELATIONSHIP WITH WESTER ROSS FISHERIES LIMITED AS DATA SHOWS SEA LICE OUT OF CONTROL ON FARMED SALMON IN TWO BROOMS AREA OF WESTER ROSS
SUPERMARKETS MUST NOT IGNORE THREAT TO THE CONSERVATION OF WILD SALMON AND SEA-TROUT IN SCOTLAND

The Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)) is asking major supermarket chain Asda to take a stand for wild salmon conservation by ending its relationship with Wester Ross Fisheries Limited, a company showcased in Asda’s magazine in July this year, because of its appalling sea-lice record and the threat that poses to wild salmon and sea trout.


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02/12/2013

BBC TV COUNTRYFILE HIGHLIGHTS SALMON FARMING

Countryfile, Sunday 1st December, highlighted the problems with salmon farming, interviewing S&TA(S) Director of Communications Andrew Graham-Stewart. View the programme on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ip...
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21/11/2013

LATEST SALMON FARMING INDUSTRY FIGURES REVEAL THAT SEA LICE NUMBERS HAVE EXPLODED IN NORTH-WEST HIGHLANDS

Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) demands that Scottish Government stops prevaricating and orders an immediate cull of farmed salmon in the affected areas as done in Norway


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14/11/2013

Salmon netsmen in Scotland tear up longstanding voluntary conservation agreement which delayed the start of the netting season, thus threatening the most vulnerable component of wild salmon stocks

For the past 14 years the members of the Salmon Net Fishing Association of Scotland (SNFAS), which represents the great majority of netsmen including the main operators, have championed the postponement of the start of their season by six weeks – for “conservation” reasons in order to protect early-running spring salmon (the scarcest of all stocks); in effect, given that the legal start date for netting is mid-February (in most districts the 11th) and that most commercial netsmen are members of SNFAS, this has meant that there has been virtually no legal netting for salmon before April at the earliest.


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09/10/2013

NORWAY ORDERS SLAUGHTER OF TWO MILLION SEA-LICE INFESTED FARMED SALMON IN ORDER TO PROTECT WILD SALMON

Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) questions whether Scottish Government would ever take similar action


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09/09/2013

SALMON FARMING INDUSTRY FIGURES REVEAL SCOTTISH REGIONS WHERE SEA-LICE ARE OUT OF CONTROL ON FISH-FARMS
SALMON & TROUT ASSOCIATION (SCOTLAND) DEMANDS ANSWERS OF SSPO AND SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT

As the damage being caused to wild salmon and sea trout in Scotland continues, the Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)) has analysed aggregated sea lice data published by the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO), in its first two quarterly sea lice reports (see links in Note 2).


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02/09/2013

SALMON AND TROUT ASSOCIATION (SCOTLAND) RECEIVES MAJOR DONATION FROM SPEYSIDE ANGLING CLUB

Baxters Angling Club, originally started and supported by the late Mr Gordon Baxter CBE DL of Baxters Food Group in Fochabers for the angling enthusiasts amongst its employees, has donated £3700 to the Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)), the leading wild fish conservation organisation.


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19/08/2013

NEW SEA LICE PAPER EXPOSES SSPO

Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) demands that the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) retract its February statement dismissing the impact of sea lice on wild salmon. New scientific paper shows that SSPO relied on a study that was fundamentally flawed.
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09/08/2013

S&TA(S) warns that massive increase in tonnage of farmed alien rainbow trout in Loch Etive will inevitably threaten Argyll’s most important wild salmon river

The Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)) has issued a warning that a proposed massive new rainbow trout farm on Loch Etive will pose an unacceptable additional threat to the integrity of Argyll’s premier wild salmon river.
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22/07/2013

SAINSBURY’S STILL SELLING MAINLAND FARMED SALMON LABELED AS BEING FROM SKYE, LEWIS OR UIST, ALMOST EIGHT WEEKS AFTER APOLOGISING PUBLICLY FOR THE ‘ERROR’ SALMON & TROUT ASSOCIATION (SCOTLAND) AGAIN CALLS ON SAINSBURY’S TO JUSTIFY ITS CLAIMS OF ‘RESPONSIBLY SOURCING’ OR WITHDRAW THEM

On 20th May 2013, the Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S))made a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority and Trading Standards concerning claims made on Sainsbury’s ‘Taste the Difference’ Scottish salmon in relation to the geographical origins of the product and the unsubstantiated claims of “responsible management to protect and maintain the natural environment” at the farms concerned.


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03/07/2013

WILD SEA TROUT BEING ‘EATEN ALIVE’ BY FISH-FARM PARASITES IN WESTER ROSS FOLLOWING FARMERS’ FAILURE TO CONTROL LICE NUMBERS ON FARMED SALMON. ON-FARM LICE NUMBERS NINE TIMES INDUSTRY LICE THRESHOLDS

Monitoring in June of juvenile wild sea trout, witnessed by the Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)), in Little Loch Broom in Wester Ross has revealed fish carrying huge and probably lethal numbers of the parasitic sea lice Lepeophtheirus salmonis. 45 juvenile sea trout were monitored over six days; the average number of sea lice per fish was 133 with many carrying over 200 and two over 500. A burden in excess of 13 pre-adult sea lice is known to compromise severely the survival of juvenile sea trout (See Note below).


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27/06/2013

MARINE SCOTLAND SCIENCE IGNORING THEIR OWN EVIDENCE IN 'UNFORGIVEABLE' RESPONSE TO WESTER ROSS SALMON FARM APPLICATION

The Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)) has today expressed disbelief at the response made by Marine Scotland Science, which provides scientific and technical advice on behalf of Scottish Government, to a planning application by the fish-farmer, Wester Ross Fisheries Limited, to install 46 steel pen fish cages in Loch Kanaird in Wester Ross at its existing fish-farm at Ardmair.


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21/06/2013

GREENLANDERS CONFIRM MAJOR INCREASE IN SALMON NETTING; SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT’S FAILURE TO REIN IN COASTAL SALMON NETTING IS TO BLAME

Greenland, whose coastal waters play host to Scottish and other European wild salmon during their marine migrations, has announced that it will increase its landings of salmon from some 20 tonnes to 55 tonnes annually through the unilateral introduction of a new 35 tonnes “internal quota” for use in fish factories. The move by Greenland, which was forecast by the Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) [S&TA(S)] over a year ago as an inevitable consequence if the Scottish Government maintained its support for coastal netting in home waters, was announced at the recent meeting in Ireland of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO).
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13/06/2013

CHEMICAL POLLUTION OF THE SEA-BED CONTINUES UNABATED UNDER SALMON FARMS

Sea-bed monitoring under Scottish salmon farms reveals breaches of Environmental Quality Standards at nearly one in five fish farms for residues of sea-lice treatments toxic to lobster, crabs and prawns
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21/05/2013

S&TA RESPOND TO MARINE HARVEST ANNOUNCEMENT THAT IT WILL SEEK ASC CERTIFICATION

Responding to the Marine Harvest announcement today that it will seek ASC certification for all its salmon farms, the Salmon & Trout Association Scotland gave a qualified welcome.
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20/05/2013

S&TA(S) REPORTS SAINSBURYS TO ASA AND TRADING STANDARDS

S&TA(S) reports Sainsburys to Advertising Standards Authority and Trading Standards over erroneous claims on the geographical origin of and doubts over responsible claims made for its Taste the Difference farmed salmon
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10/05/2013

STOP PROTECTING THE SALMON FARMERS FROM PROPER SCRUTINY

The Salmon & Trout Association names the farms and shows Scottish Ministers and MSPs why they need to require full disclosure by law from the salmon farmers of sea–lice data
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07/03/2013

S&TA (SCOTLAND) SUPPORTS AMENDMENT TO AQUACULTURE AND FISHERIES BILL

The Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) (S&TA(S)) is giving its full support to a fundamentally important amendment – http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/BusinessBulletin/60579.aspx – to the Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill, requiring publication of sea-lice data on an individual salmon farm basis; currently such data is aggregated across regions making it impossible to determine which farms have problems controlling sea-lice.


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16/01/2013

REPORT RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS OVER THE RSPCA’s FREEDOM FOOD CERTIFICATION SCHEME FOR FARMED SALMON

A new Salmon and Trout Association (S&TA) report into the RSPCA / Freedom Food certification of Scottish farmed salmon details major concerns over the failure of Freedom Food to take proper account of the wider environmental impact of the accredited farms. Worryingly the report exposes the fact that some farms with a dismal record on pollution and parasite control are still granted Freedom Food status.


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06/12/2012

MAJOR CONFERENCE ON STOCKING TO BE HELD IN GLASGOW

The Atlantic Salmon Trust is joining with the EU-funded research and training project IBIS to invite leading speakers to discuss all aspects of salmon stocking at a major conference.
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