Nineteen fish farms on lochs along the west coast of Scotland have been identified as posing the most risk to endangered wild salmon.
A review of The Ferret’s coverage of animal welfare issues this in 2023.
A dump for dead fish at a Hebridean beauty spot was condemned by Scotland’s green watchdog after plastics, gas canisters and other waste was illegally burned on site.
Video footage shows salmon apparently suffering from deformity and disease at a Highland fish farm certified by leading animal welfare and environmental bodies.
The Coastal Communities Network has criticised the Scottish Government’s new fish farming strategy for lacking green targets or decision making powers for local residents.
Proposed safety limits for a toxic pesticide used on salmon farms have been made 23 times weaker after behind-the-scenes pressure from the industry.
Council decisions to reject new fish farms were overruled by the Scottish Government after appeals by multinationals, which critics claim ignores local democracy.
A food labelling scheme is to allow five times more lice at salmon farms, prompting Scotland’s fisheries management body to withdraw its support.
The “illegal” dumping of dead farmed fish at Whiteshore Cockles on North Uist has been allowed to continue despite authorities’ plans to ban the practice.