Know your Scottish Salmon

What do logos on Scottish salmon with ‘responsibly’ or ‘sustainably’ farmed mean? © Kate Brittle Aquaculture has grown since the 1970s to form £1.8bn of the Scottish economy. © John Bostock Open net pens in salmon farming can have significant environmental impacts. © John Bostock Environmental and Health Impacts Certification Retailers go arrow find out more find out more go arrow go arrow find out more
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Engaging with the current environmental Scottish Salmon farming concerns

Best Fishes is run by environmental charity, Fidra. The main aim of this project is to highlight the environmental concerns surrounding Scottish Salmon farming, with the vision to improving transparency and performance alongside this.  


Did you know?

Scottish salmon farming has grown steadily since the 1970s and is now a major part of Scottish aquaculture, which has a present worth of over £1.8 billion annually.  Scotland is the largest producer of farmed Atlantic salmon in the EU and the third largest in in the world after Norway and Chile. By 2030, the Scottish Government plans for the industry to double, being worth around £3 billion.  


Fidra’s approach…

If this expansion goes ahead, there will inevitably be an increase in environmental impacts, which Fidra will work to alleviate. To achieve this, we will work with a variety of stakeholders in the following ways:  

  • Assist and facilitate the development of an online ‘Sustainability Dashboard’ which will present detailed yet clear information on the environmental impacts of individual salmon farms in Scotland.  
  • Work with UK retailers to encourage improved transparency throughout the sector by increasing the level of information presented on the packaging, for example listing the name of the farm so customers can look up the performance of the above suggested Sustainability Dashboard.
  • To inform consumers about the known environmental impacts of salmon farming and allow them to choose salmon with the least negative effects.
  • Liaise with salmon producers to implement best practice processes, reduce impacts on the local environment and increase transparency on farms through the proposed Sustainability Dashboard.
  • Continue dialogue with government and regulators to adopt robust legislation based on best practice, supported by strong regulations and effective enforcement.