Seabed salmon farm pollution: S&TA provide figures to negate challenge from SSPO

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

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3 Responses to Seabed salmon farm pollution: S&TA provide figures to negate challenge from SSPO

    • Many thanks. Trying to decode what sort of Freudian confusion this one was.
      Lucky it wasn’t Salmond and Tout – and then, if Salmond, who’s Trout? The surreal swims to the fore the later it gets.
      Off to correct.

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  1. I think we all realise that privatisation of the seabed, having destroyed most of it, is unatural, without the balance of nature there will be disease, and adverse chemicals, plus all the excrement. The process is not sustainable, but which government is going to have the guts to secure Marine Protected Areas all around our coast I wonder?
    It’s serious, have a look at Community of Arran Seabed Trust–volunteers have been working for years to protect the seabed, gradually conciousness is rising in the human race, lets hope it will be soon enough. When I was living on Arran I never went into the sea in Lamlash because of the filth from the fish farm!

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