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Acoustic Deterrent Devices: An environmentally sound option?

Acoustic deterrent devices (ADDs) are intended to keep marine species, such as cetaceans and pinnipeds, away from marine structures such as salmon farms. But what impact are these deterrents really having on our marine species?

Chemicals in salmon farming Part II: Is it time to pull the plug on bath treatments?

Bath treatments are widely used to treat sea lice on Scottish salmon farms, but are we getting into hotwater with them?

Chemicals in salmon farming Part I: Does SLICE® (emamectin benzoate) still make the cut?

SLICE®, a treatment for parasitic sea lice on salmon, is widely used by Scottish salmon farms in open net pens, despite documented impacts on neighbouring marine wildlife. If a farm has persistent problems with lice and is reliant on harmful treatments to manage infestations, it should be questioned whether that farm is viable and sustainable into the future.

A leap into the unknown: How climate change will impact Scottish salmon farming

With around 1.5 million children striking from school on Friday 15th March 2019, conversations about climate change have been brought firmly into the home and around the dinner table.  But how does climate change affect what is on our dinner tables in Scotland?  We explore how climate change will impact Scotland salmon farming.

MSPs call for ‘urgent and meaningful action to address regulatory deficiencies’ in Scottish salmon farming.

It’s apparent that a period of sea change in Scottish salmon farming is approaching, with several Scottish Government working groups examining it in close detail and a recent debate in the Scottish Parliament.

Fidra responds to SEPA Finfish Aquaculture Sector Plan

SEPA released their draft Finfish Aquaculture Sector Plan for consultation at the end of 2018. Our response insisted that SEPA, as the regulating body, make a greater commitment to transparency throughout the industry with an emphasis on publicly reporting the use of chemicals, detailing the enforcement actions and repercussions and cumulative impacts on specific locations.

Closed Containment – a silver bullet for both opponents and supporters of salmon farming?

Current methods of Scottish salmon farming traditionally use an open net method, yet companies are now looking into closed containment, or land-based, farming to limit environmental impacts.

Scottish Parliament’s Resource Efficiency and Connectivity Committee report published

he Scottish Parliament’s REC Committee report on salmon farming in Scotland is out at last! No moratorium on expansion, but some good recommendations.

Getting to know your Scottish salmon: how will sustainability dashboards help?

When buying Scottish farmed salmon fillets for your dinner, do you know where the fish has come from? The quality of the farm? Which chemicals the fish have consumed, how much and why?

Is it time to run with sustainability dashboards?

The seven workstreams for Marine Scotland Science’s 10 Year Farm Fish Health Framework are underway, and it will be interesting to see how the first one on Information Flow and Transparency is approached. A sustainability dashboard would provide data on Scottish salmon farming companies and individual farms and could be part of the answer.