Know your Scottish Salmon

Addressing environmental concerns in Scottish salmon farming

The Best Fishes project is run by environmental charity Fidra. The project aims to address concerns surrounding salmon farming in Scotland. The vision of the project is to improve transparency across the sector and encourage best practice to minimise its environmental impacts.   

Fidra’s approach

Fidra actively working to alleviate the current impacts, of the salmon industry, on the environment. We are aiming to ensure supply chain traceability is at the forefront of aquaculture practices with the long-term goal of full transparency in the industry. To achieve this, we are asking for:

  • The creation of a salmon farming dashboard

By working with a variety of stakeholders we hope to facilitate the development of an online dashboard which will provide detailed and clear information on the environmental impacts of individual salmon farms in Scotland.

  • Retailers to improve the level of information on the packaging of products

We have collected evidence from the public showing there is an appetite for more transparency to help customers understand the individual environmental impact of the salmon products they consume.

  • Best practice to be followed across the industry

Liaising with salmon producers and asking them to hold their practices to the highest of standards it will reduce the impacts on the local environment and improve long-term environmental sustainability.

  • Government and regulators to adopt robust legislation based on best practice

Strong regulations and effective enforcement will create accountability across the industry which will lead to lasting positive effects on the environment.


  • Retailer Transparency and Traceability Review and Update 2020-2023

    When Fidra began our Best Fishes project, we wanted to determine how consumers could find out more information about their salmon and if it was produced in an environmentally sustainable way. However we quickly found that this information was difficult to find, with little information available on the supply chain journey of Scottish salmon....
  • SEPA – Sea Lice Framework Consultation now open

    SEPA sea lice framework consultation is now open, find out how your can respond to the consultation and why we need a sea lice framework.
  • Scottish Government publishes Vision for Sustainable Aquaculture

    The Scottish Government has published its plans for the aquaculture industry in Scotland leading to 2045.
  • Chemicals in salmon farming – an update on SLICE® (emamectin benzoate)

    A long-awaited review of the insecticide emamectin benzoate (EMB), better known as SLICE®, was  published in 2022. The  in-feed treatment used to treat parasitic sea lice in Scottish salmon farming, it is the only application for which it is used in the UK. This is despite being intended for use in agricultural settings on a variety of crops and to treat some tree diseases.
  • Why are we still talking about Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) fish boxes

    The evidence of the environmental impacts of EPS fish boxes being incorrectly disposed of is mounting​ consumers are more aware of the plastic waste issue. Whilst, retailers recognise the plastic free movement isn’t going away anytime soon. The salmon farming industry was dependent on the use of EPS fish boxes due to their ease and ignored the negative impacts these boxes have on the planet – but have the tides turned quickly enough?

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