It’s the end of the line for farmed salmon.
Salmon has become one of the most popular dishes in restaurants and at home, but its popularity has come at a cost for the environment, fish welfare and the health of the planet.
It’s time to take salmon off the menu
Impact on the environment
Open-net salmon farms are breeding grounds for parasites and disease; farms also discharge toxic chemicals and waste into the surrounding environment, impacting and killing a host of wildlife.
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Salmon farming relies on commercial trawling for feed. It can take much more than 1kg of wild fish to produce 1kg of farmed Scottish salmon. 90% of these wild fish could be eaten directly.
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Unacceptably poor fish welfare
On average, over 1 in 4 Scottish farmed salmon die in the cages along our shores – the industry reported 16.5 million fish deaths in 2022 alone. Poorly managed disease, lice and water quality see fish eaten alive or suffocating before they reach our plates.
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Keeping up to date
Find out more about the latest news related to the campaign
More than 30 Scottish community groups, UK NGOs and international campaigning organisations have joined forces in calling on the charity Soil Association to stop certifying Scottish farmed salmon as ‘organic’.
Leading chefs urge public to forgo smoked salmon this Christmas, as mortalities on Scotland’s salmon farms hit record highs
Top chefs and restaurants across the UK are urging consumers to forgo farmed salmon this Christmas, in a bid to curb the environmental and welfare “catastrophe” unfolding across the salmon farming industry in Scotland.
Grotesque footage emerges from certified Scottish salmon farm as new report questions whether consumers are being misled by certification bodies and supermarkets
New report finds salmon farms are certified by leading bodies despite substantial issues.
Time is up for Scottish open net salmon farming
The salmon farming industry is fundamentally unsustainable and wreaks havoc on ecosystems around the world.
It’s time to end it.