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.
The Animal Law Foundation claims that Scotland’s fish farming industry is not always complying with laws and that salmon are “not adequately protected".
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.
Council decisions to reject new fish farms were overruled by the Scottish Government after appeals by multinationals, which critics claim ignores local democracy.
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.
The trucks are lined up on the beach, rear doors open towards the ocean. On the sand there are piles of empty crates, and every now and then a worker takes one and goes to meet the small coloured pirogues that reach the beach loaded with fish.
Fish farmers insist the impact is minimal, Greek scientists now claim the pollution they produce is killing crucial marine ecosystems.