Environmental concerns have been arising in every sector. There have been unannounced probes by regulating bodies to check if no ill practices are followed. And this is happening more frequently and across industries and authorities. The salmon farming operation in Scotland have come under some serious scrutiny following the report of prevalent deaths and disease in the salmon population due to increasing temperatures. A petition that will have 40, 000 signatures will be submitted to Marine Scotland that is responsible for leading the protection of Scotland’s coastal waters and seas.
The campaigners assert that the salmon farming operations are rampant with welfare abuse practices, as unreported instances of deaths over the summer have not been addressed. The petition requests urgent action from Marine Scotland because a rise in sea temperatures over the summer months increases the likelihood of disease among salmon populations. Anna Liberadzki, a campaigner at SumOfUs, said: “For years, we’ve known that Scottish salmon cultivation is as horrific as battery farming. Recent footage of the terrible conditions on salmon farms shows that the problem is only getting worse. Marine Scotland must step in. The alternative is a summer surge of salmon deaths and disease.”
There are more than 200 fish farms operating in Scotland’s sea lochs, producing more than 150,000 tons of salmon a year. Sea lice infestation and disease brought a down turn in the salmon business last year. Hamish Macdonell, director of strategic engagement for the Scottish Salmon Producers Organization, said: “The Scottish salmon farming sector operates to a level of transparency that is unparalleled in other food production sectors.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency launched a new evidence-based regulatory framework for the sector, which will apply to all new fish farm applications.