The Salmon and Trout Association (S&TA) recently published a report on documents extracted from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency under Freedom of Information.
The documents in question were the ‘self-monitoring’ reports from fish farms on organic seabed pollution at their establishments.
The disturbing findings from the S&TA’s analytic study of these documents, by solicitor Guy Linley-Adams were published here in our report of 5th September.
The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) responded later that day, claiming that the picture was very different – on evidence published on 4th September by SEPA.
We asked the S&TA to clarify the situation by disaggregating the annual figures for a three year period they had used in their study.
They promptly did so and that disaggregation supported the overall position they had found.
They also pointed out that the SPPO were not comparing like with like.
Where they had focused on self-monitoring reports on organic seabed pollution at salmon farm sites – whose results were of substantial concern, the SSPO was referring to SEPA’s account of the way the farms had complied with the process of reporting . This is of course nothing to do with the content of the reports.
The S&TA report is here – with the additional disaggregation figures added as an update: FoI disclosures lead Salmon and Trout Association to identify worrying seabed pollution at Scottish Salmon farms
The SSPO fightback, with the S&TA’s response added as an update, is here: Scottish Salmon Producers fight back