More than one million farm-raised salmon are expected to have been killed by seals in the two years to the end of 2021, according to new figures released today.
Statistics published by Salmon Scotland, the trade body for Scotland's farmed salmon sector, reveal the extent of seal predation on salmon farms, with attacks costing salmon farmers an average of £12 million a year in lost fish.
The figures were contained in a new report setting out in detail that seals are doing to Scotland’s salmon farming sector.
Tavish Scott, Chief Executive of the SSPO, said seal predation was getting worse and he urged government ministers to sit down with sector leaders to discuss possible solutions.
Mr Scott said: “There is no easy fix but we need a dialogue with ministers – and the leaders of other sectors affected – to find ways of tackling what has become an increasingly serious issue for our members.”