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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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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Read on 31/10/2016 report on the devastation caused by the Amoebic Gill Disease outbreak at Marine Harvest salmon farms headline news.
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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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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 troutScottish 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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Sea-lice at Scottish salmon farms run by Sainsbury's supplier yet again threatening west coast wild salmon and sea troutChallenge to supermarket to replace earlier 'warm words' with robust action
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Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland launches parliamentary petition calling for tighter regulation of salmon farms to protect wild fishThe current regulatory regime for fish farms gives very little protection to wild salmon and sea trout and is untenable
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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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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 controlSalmon & Trout Conservation Scotland calls for urgent action from Scottish Government
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S&TCS asks top chefs to examine the environmental record of salmon farmed by Loch Duart Ltd and reconsider their endorsementsS&TCS has written to some of the UK's most high profile chefs
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Wild salmon populations have fallen below safe conservation limits in all rivers in the Scottish west Highland salmon-farming zoneS&TCS calls for immediate moratorium on salmon farming expansion
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Salmon & Trout Conservation (Scotland) welcomes Scottish Government's revisions to salmon kill licence proposalsSalmon & 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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Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) welcomes Scottish Government's momentous salmon conservation proposalsCoastal salmon netting to be banned
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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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Release of the official statistics confirms that Scotland’s salmon rod catches in 2014 were the lowest in over 60 yearsS&TA(S) says that the figures underline why action is needed to conserve stocks
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Scotland's biggest salmon netting company pleads guilty to wildlife crime - for fishing outwith permitted hoursSalmon and Trout Association (Scotland) welcomes Usan's admission of serious breaches of fishery regulations.
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Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) welcomes dismissal of appeal by The Scottish Salmon Company against time-limited planning permission for salmon farmReporter acknowledges threat to wild fish stocks of sea lice emanating from salmon farming
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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 licenceThe 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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Catastrophe of salmon farm ‘sea-lice soup’ hits juvenile salmon and sea-trout across huge area of the west coast and western islesS&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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Conservation organisation calls on Scottish Ministers to act now to limit salmon exploitation in response to the worst runs in decadesThe 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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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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Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) welcomes Usan Salmon Fisheries Ltd’s decision not to net on YthanThe 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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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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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.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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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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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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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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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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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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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 riverThe 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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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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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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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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GREENLANDERS CONFIRM MAJOR INCREASE IN SALMON NETTING; SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT’S FAILURE TO REIN IN COASTAL SALMON NETTING IS TO BLAMEGreenland, 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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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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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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