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“It is the sign of an environmental catastrophe,” he said.
Latest figures for the months up to June 2017 show another another 7,700 tonnes of dead salmon discarded, suggesting that the problem is not going away.
THE Scottish fish farming industry has admitted that it threw away up to ten million salmon last year – nearly a quarter of its stock – because of diseases, parasites and other problems.
Official figures reveal the tonnages of dead fish that had to be disposed of has more than doubled from 10,599 in 2013 to a record high of 22,479 in 2016.
Companies accept that they have been plagued by disease and sea lice, and that their businesses have suffered.
Unwanted mortalities at salmon farms have long been a problem, but in the last three years they have risen to record levels.
It also inevitably leads to the release of an infectious soup of disease organisms into our coastal waters.” He called for the industry to shift to a “closed containment system” that would protect the fish and the marine environment.
The same demand was made by the wild fish campaign group, Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland.
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Over the same period, the Scottish Salmon Company, which is registered in the Channel Islands, saw its dead fish more than double to 5,873 tonnes.
Critics estimate the total number of dead, discarded salmon last year to have been between 10m and 20m.
“Last year saw some problems which resulted in the loss of between 6 and 10 million fish, depending on their size,” said SSPO chief executive, Scott Landsburgh.