Over one in ten of Scotland’s fish farms have been rated as “unsatisfactory" by the Scottish Government’s environmental watchdog.
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.
The amount of salmon killed by diseases and other problems at fish farms has reached record levels, with death rates quadrupling over the last 18 years.
Government investigations of alleged animal cruelty after lice-infested salmon were filmed at a fish farm on the island of Lewis have been branded a “whitewash”.
At least nine million fish have been killed by diseases, botched treatments, poor handling and other problems at salmon farms around Scotland since 2016.
The fish farm caught on film with lice-infested salmon has been reprimanded by the Scottish Government - but the move has been damned as “truly pathetic” by critics.
The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is facing criticism after it decided not to punish a fish farming company caught on film with lice-infested salmon.
Scarred, frayed and lice-infested salmon caught on film at a fish farm off the island of Lewis have prompted animal cruelty investigations.