Nineteen fish farms on lochs along the west coast of Scotland have been identified as posing the most risk to endangered wild salmon.
The Animal Law Foundation claims that Scotland’s fish farming industry is not always complying with laws and that salmon are “not adequately protected".
Campaigners will submit a legal complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority today alleging "greenwashing" by Scotland’s farmed salmon industry.
The trade body representing Scotland's salmon industry has applied to have the word "farmed" dropped from salmon packaging, prompting claims of "greenwashing".
A group of animal experts and academics have recommended mandatory CCTV for all fish slaughterhouses in Scotland and new legislation to ensure staff are “trained and aware of their duty of care”, to improve animal welfare.
Video footage shows salmon apparently suffering from deformity and disease at a Highland fish farm certified by leading animal welfare and environmental bodies.
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.