Does the Scottish salmon sector use acoustic deterrent devices (ADDs)?

The Scottish salmon farming sector no longer uses acoustic deterrent devices (ADDs) that may have been considered to cause disturbance to European Protected Species (EPS).

Any deployment of next generation devices by Scottish salmon farmers must be done through a science-led approach, in compliance with Marine Scotland and the U.S. Marine Mammals Protection Act (MMPA), and with confidence that no harm will be caused to protected species.

Our sector remains committed to prioritising innovation and investment in the health and welfare of our fish and the environment in which they are reared. It is critical however that farmers have deterrents available to protect livestock from seal predation should it be necessary.

In 2020 seal attacks were responsible for the deaths of more than 500,000 Scottish farmed salmon.

Salmon farmers in Scotland recognise and welcome the value of further research to refine and enhance acoustic devices that can protect farmed fish without disruption to other species. This includes working with several academic institutions to develop the science in this field.

Is Scottish salmon farming depleting wild fish stocks? SSPO Admin 01/06/2021

No, Scottish salmon farming is not depleting the oceans of wild fish stocks. Scottish salmon farmers are committed to ensuring that ingredients derived from wild fish, used in our fish feed, comes from managed, certified sustainable fisheries – we don’t currently use feed ingredients sourced from West African fisheries.

Our sector has committed to achieving full traceability of all of its feed ingredients, along with major investments in feed and monitoring technologies to maximise the efficient use of feed to minimise any wastage and potential impact.

How are Scottish salmon farmed? admin_ss 01/02/2020

Watch this short video to discover the people behind Scotland’s number one food export. See our farmers busy at work and get a flavour of some of the local businesses that help make salmon farming one of Scotland’s greatest economic success stories.

See the stunning natural environment, powerful currents and pure clear waters of the Orkney isles which are home to 135 of our workers. We are Scottish salmon.

What is FEAP? SSPO Admin 14/01/2020

FEAP is the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers. The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) is one of its 22 members.

As the united voice of the European aquaculture production industry, FEAP supports and promotes the responsible development of aquaculture and provides the common positions and opinions of the European aquaculture sector.

What is ISFA? SSPO Admin 12/01/2020

ISFA is the International Salmon Farmers Association. It is an umbrella organization comprised of national and regional associations from around the world, including the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO).

ISFA members share a common vision and dedication to helping our farmers and industry professionals produce healthy food, revitalize coastal communities and build vibrant businesses.

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