Wild salmon, caught by rod, has registered the third lowest numbers on record.
The ‘Scapa Flow Aquaculture Water Quality Impact Modelling Assessment’ has been designed to improve understanding of the water quality impacts arising from existing and proposed fish farms in Scapa Flow.
The application also seeks to use Slice and ‘sea lice bath treatments Azamethiphos, Cypermethrin and Deltamethrin.’
The Status Quo Is Not An Option: Have Your Say On The Way Forward For Scotland’s Fish Farming Industry
“Public consultation is crucial to help us develop and deliver a new regulatory framework which will protect the marine environment, for the people of Scotland.”
Research into its impact on the marine environment and its regulation has not kept apace with the rapid growth – that is about to change.
“Scottish salmon farm medicine is significantly impacting local marine environments which increases the now substantial weight of scientific evidence that the existing approaches do not adequately protect marine life.”
Production from Scotland’s Marine Salmon Farms increased by over 16% in 2017
Increase in the number of Scotland’s Fish Farms Failing to Comply with Environmental Protection Measures
“We’re clear, environmental compliance is non-negotiable” SEPA
Despite “the potential negative effects of sea lice spreading from the salmon farm to wild sea trout populations in Scapa Flow”.
An electrofishing survey will take place between July and September conducted by trained biologists and volunteers.