Salmon farming companies in Scotland have been accused of exploiting “loopholes” to hide infestations of lice that cause suffering and harm wild fish.
Five local newspapers in Scotland have refused to publish an advert backed by 26 environmental and community groups criticising the salmon farming 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 use of drugs at fish farms in Scotland has risen more than 50 times over the last six years.
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.
A Scottish Government watchdog has been caught advising a pesticide company on how to avoid disclosure under freedom of information law.
Fish farming provides jobs on Skye, but some locals are concerned about its environmental impacts.