Coastal Communities Network
Wild swimmers face “a risk” to their health from a toxic pesticide used by salmon farming companies, says a report for the industry.
Seabed and pesticide pollution of Scottish lochs by the salmon farming industry increased by over ten per cent in a year.
Video allegations that fish farm pollution has damaged rare and beautiful wildlife are under investigation by two Scottish Government watchdogs.
The company that supplies Scottish farmed salmon to the retail giant, Marks and Spencer, has been officially reprimanded for misreporting toxic pesticide use.
Over one in ten of Scotland’s fish farms have been rated as “unsatisfactory" by the Scottish Government’s environmental watchdog.
Animal welfare campaigners have accused the RSPCA Assured food label scheme of “protecting the interests of salmon farmers and retailers”.
Nearly half of Scotland's salmon farms burn, dump or destroy millions of dead fish every year.
Scottish Government research into pesticides used to control the lice that infest farmed salmon deliberately excluded impacts on the “wider marine environment”.
Six fish farming companies in Scotland given government handouts of over £10 million have made profits of £926 million since 2010.