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    Default Scottish Parliament Committee publishes series of concerns about the environmental impacts of salmon farming in Scotland.

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    The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee published their “Report” on the 5th March 2018 to help inform a wider inquiry into the current state of the industry, which is being carried out by the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee.
    Some of the key findings include…

    • The planned expansion of salmon farming over the next 10 to 15 years, which aims to grow the industry by 300,000 – 400,000 tonnes, is unsustainable and may, without changes in approach, cause “irrecoverable damage”
    • The salmon farming industry raises the same environmental concerns as in 2002, but the scale and impact has expanded.
    • It is ‘deeply concerned’ that the growth of the sector is taking place without a full understanding of the environmental impacts.
    • The Committee is not convinced the sector is being regulated sufficiently and this requires urgent attention.
    • There are significant gaps in data, monitoring and research around the adverse risk the sector poses.

    Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee Convener, Graeme Dey MSP, said:
    “The sector has ambitious expansion targets but the Committee is concerned as to how these can be achieved in an environmentally-sustainable way.
    “The sector continues to grow and expand with little meaningful thought given to the impact this will have on the environment. In the Committee’s view, if the current environmental impact issues are not addressed, the expansion will be unsustainable and may cause irrecoverable damage.
    “The Committee is supportive of aquaculture but expansion must be based on a precautionary approach and on resolving environmental problems. The status quo, in terms of approach and regulation, is not an option.
    “In raising awareness of the serious environmental concerns, the Committee hopes to helpfully inform the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee’s upcoming wider scrutiny of the salmon industry in Scotland.”
    Background
    Read theEnvironment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee’s report on the environmental impacts of salmon farming: “Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee report on the environmental impacts of salmon farming.”
    The future of Scotland’s farmed salmon industry will come under the scrutiny of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee and it encourages individuals and organisations to share their views as part of its inquiry.
    The deadline for submitting evidence to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee is 27th April. The Committee will produce a report detailing its findings once it has concluded its anticipated evidence taking in March, April and May.
    Find out more about the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee’s inquiry.
    Find out more about the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee.
    Source: Scottish Parliament News


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    Default Re: Scottish Parliament Committee publishes series of concerns about the environmental impacts of salmon farming in Scotland.

    It's good to see the SG is really on the ball, imagine discovering salmon farming is adversely affecting the environment, what next the earth revolves around the sun, not the other way around!
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    Default Re: Scottish Parliament Committee publishes series of concerns about the environmental impacts of salmon farming in Scotland.

    Concerns not recommendations and will probably be ignored as per usual. While the rest of the world has come to realise the damage fish farming can do and is slowly legislating against it, and even banning it, here in the UK the lure of the filthy lucre seems to override common sense.

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    Default Re: Scottish Parliament Committee publishes series of concerns about the environmental impacts of salmon farming in Scotland.

    As long as they don't follow Westminster and resolve the global warming issue by introducing a "Green tax".
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    Default Re: Scottish Parliament Committee publishes series of concerns about the environmental impacts of salmon farming in Scotland.

    The problem is that we are discussing the possible damaging effects of "expansion" when we should be recognising the actual damage caused by "existence".

    Once this toxic industry is properly exposed, salmon farming will be sited on land close to distribution centres and with the added benefit of using the waste (now wasted!) in aquaponics. Scotland would only be chosen for its perceived association with wild salmon - a perception that may not exist before too long!

    No wonder Scottish Government doesn't want to listen.
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    Default Re: Scottish Parliament Committee publishes series of concerns about the environmental impacts of salmon farming in Scotland.

    Quote Originally Posted by MrP View Post

    No wonder Scottish Government doesn't want to listen.
    The report is highlighting potential negative impacts for an immediate enquiry, hardly supportive of the salmon industry and at least looking at the issues, some positives there given banning salmon farming is not an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrP View Post

    No wonder Scottish Government doesn't want to listen.
    The report is highlighting potential negative impacts for an immediate enquiry, hardly supportive of the salmon industry and at least looking at the issues, some positives there given banning salmon farming is not an option.

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    Default Re: Scottish Parliament Committee publishes series of concerns about the environmental impacts of salmon farming in Scotland.

    big bit about this in The Sunday times today ,also about the damage that wrasse fishing is doing to marine reserves in the south of England, easker1

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    Default Re: Scottish Parliament Committee publishes series of concerns about the environmental impacts of salmon farming in Scotland.

    [QUOTE=ohanzee;2369022]The report is highlighting potential negative impacts for an immediate enquiry, hardly supportive of the salmon industry and at least looking at the issues, some positives there given banning salmon farming is not an option.

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    Oh really?!!!!

    Washington state senate bans Atlantic salmon farming in state waters | CBC News

    They may be listening but they're not hearing yet!
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    Default Re: Scottish Parliament Committee publishes series of concerns about the environmental impacts of salmon farming in Scotland.

    Have a read at this -

    Sea lice reports since introduction of policy: EIR release - gov.scot

    What is also noticeable is that the rules around FOI requests are also broken in what little information they have released (Under another request). They are meant to provide "reasonable context and explanation" of any information.

    This is also worth reading FOI Number Five – getting you the information they don’t want you to see! – S&TC

    Of the 1329 FOI requests since 2011, 429 were refused. nearly 33%. Conversely, its about a 16% refusal rate elsewhere in the UK ( they were mostly down to requests that could affect National security - so ceratinly NOT the case for Scotland !)

    From this it would be very easy to conclude that the SG are deliberately blocking releasing data which they KNOW will cause public outrage towards the salmon farming industry and how they themselves have colluded to cover up the damage that is has been causing for years and years.

    Public enquiry anyone ?

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    Have a read at this -

    Sea lice reports since introduction of policy: EIR release - gov.scot

    What is also noticeable is that the rules around FOI requests are also broken in what little information they have released (Under another request). They are meant to provide "reasonable context and explanation" of any information.

    This is also worth reading FOI Number Five – getting you the information they don’t want you to see! – S&TC

    Of the 1329 FOI requests since 2011, 429 were refused. nearly 33%. Conversely, its about a 16% refusal rate elsewhere in the UK ( they were mostly down to requests that could affect National security - so ceratinly NOT the case for Scotland !)

    From this it would be very easy to conclude that the SG are deliberately blocking releasing data which they KNOW will cause public outrage towards the salmon farming industry and how they themselves have colluded to cover up the damage that is has been causing for years and years.

    Public enquiry anyone ?

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    Default Re: Scottish Parliament Committee publishes series of concerns about the environmental impacts of salmon farming in Scotland.

    [QUOTE=MrP;2369838]
    Quote Originally Posted by ohanzee View Post
    The report is highlighting potential negative impacts for an immediate enquiry, hardly supportive of the salmon industry and at least looking at the issues, some positives there given banning salmon farming is not an option.

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    Oh really?!!!!

    Washington state senate bans Atlantic salmon farming in state waters | CBC News

    They may be listening but they're not hearing yet!
    Are you either from the Highlands and Islands, or do you spend a lot of time there?

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