The serious implications raised by the escape of 73.600 caged salmon from giant fish farming company Mowi has reportedly been uncovered.
After Storm Brendan on Monday, 13 January, Mowi revealed the close to 74,000 caged Norwegian salmon escaped from one of their feedlots off Colonsay.
The company who brought the escape to public notice a week later, said that the cages in which the salmon were being farmed were damaged when Storm Brendan passed though.
Yesterday (Saturday), Salmon Research, a qualified Environmental Scientist, claimed in a tweet that one of the escaped salmon was caught in the River Oich, in Scotland.
In the tweet, the concern was raised again about the impact on native stocks from cross-breeding.
“The wild Scottish salmon gene pool is seriously under threat from these Norwegian strains and it appears NOTHING is being done. It’s absolutely shameful.”
Salmon Research went on to say that the fish was identified as a farmed salmon by “dark rings on rotted fins” and weighing in at 1.5kg.
Conservationists and other groups have expressed grave concerns that continuous escapes from fish farms are seriously impacting the natural Scottish wild salmon stocks. Last October and in November 2018 more than 48,000 salmon escaped from the firm’s Hellisay site in the Western Isles.
The myth that farmed salmon are sterile is not true but cross breeding leads to serious issues for their offspring as there are several differences in the different species behaviour.
Natural wild salmon stocks are seriously under pressure and face huge challenges due to climate changes and over fishing around their feeding grounds around Greenland.
Source: Oliver McBride