The Scottish salmon farming sector takes a long-term view of ensuring that fish health and survival improve and that Scotland can lead in fish health status.

In 2018 the average monthly salmon survival rate on farms was 98.83%.

Monthly mortality reports for 2018

Monthly mortality (%) is the percentage of fish lost on a farm within that month. This is the measure used by the Scottish Government’s Fish Health Inspectorate when assessing the health of the fish on the farm.

  • 1.35% average for January 2018
  • 0.94% average for February 2018
  • 1.49% average for March 2018
  • 1.32% average for April 2018
  • 0.76% average for May 2018
  • 0.54% average for June 2018
  • 1.05% average for July 2018
  • 1.55% average for August 2018
  • 1.57% average for September 2018
  • 1.49% average for October 2018
  • 1.07% average for November 2018
  • 1.03% average for December 2018

The SSPO and its member companies are committed to contributing to the Scottish Government’s 10 year “Farmed Fish Health Framework” that will help develop an ambitious and measurable road map for increasing farmed salmonid survival, to further underpin the sustainability of this vital sector to Scotland’s rural economy.

As part of the overall framework, salmon farmers committed to publishing salmon mortality data on a farm-by-farm basis from 2018. This data collection builds on industry reporting on lice numbers that has been in place for a number of years.