There are also thought to have been significant mortalities in the Western Isles since then.The company that suffered the biggest losses was Marine Harvest, headquartered in Norway, whose mortalities leapt threefold to 7,609 tonnes between 20.“Disease and mortalities on Scottish salmon farms continue at shocking levels,” said the group’s Guy Linley-Adams.“What concerns us is that the Scottish Government has almost no idea what the effects are on wild salmon and wild sea trout in Scottish sea lochs.” Don Staniford from the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture warned that plans to double the salmon farming business by 2030 were “environmental lunacy”.We do not pre-moderate or monitor readers’ comments appearing on our websites, but we do post-moderate in response to complaints we receive or otherwise when a potential problem comes to our attention.You can make a complaint by using the ‘report this post’ link .Most are transported south to be burnt at an incinerator in Widnes near Warrington in northwest England.Campaign groups warn that the industry is facing an “environment catastrophe”, is “haemorrhaging cash” and “shames Scotland”.
We are making strong progress in reducing the sea lice levels and tackling the challenge of AGD.” The Scottish Salmon Company agreed it had faced “biological challenges and unprecedented mortalities” in 2016.
But the industry says it sustained losses of “between 6 and 10 million fish, depending on their size”.
Scottish Government figures show that in 2016 the total number of smolts – young salmon - put into fish farm production in Scotland was just under 43 million. The Scottish Salmon Think-Tank, a new group of fish farm critics, accused the industry of failing to address “appalling” collateral damage.
“We have taken decisive action to tackle these challenges,” said a company spokesperson.
The Scottish Government pointed out that fish and shellfish farming contributes £620m to the Scottish economy every year, supporting more than 12,000 jobs.