Salmon farming companies in Scotland have been accused of exploiting “loopholes” to hide infestations of lice that cause suffering and harm wild fish.
Six fish farming companies in Scotland given government handouts of over £10 million have made profits of £926 million since 2010.
At least nine million fish have been killed by diseases, botched treatments, poor handling and other problems at salmon farms around Scotland since 2016.
A leading Scottish salmon farming company has stopped branding its business as “sustainable”, according to the UK advertising watchdog.
The £2 billion salmon farming industry marketed around the world as Scottish is virtually all owned by investors in Norway, Switzerland, Cyprus, Canada and other countries.
Salmon farmers with the worst records on animal welfare have been named and shamed by campaigners hoping to provoke reforms.
The diseases, damage and infestations suffered by hundreds of thousands of caged salmon in Scotland have been exposed by more than 300 photos released by the Scottish Government.
Scotland’s salmon farming industry will lose its biggest £200 million export market to the US if it persists in shooting seals.