Fish Legal has called on the Scottish Government to address a serious regulatory gap that is further endangering salmon populations on the west coast of Scotland, many of which are already below safe conservation limits. Salmon farmers seeking to expand production must make an application to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for increased biomass, typically of between 300 and 400 tonnes per farm.
SEPA have rejected objections to the expansion from wild salmon interests because it says it has no remit to protect the interests of wild salmon. Unfortunately, under the application process, no other regulatory bodies are involved, leaving a ‘regulatory gap’.
Fish Legal has written to Rosanna Cunningham Minister for the Environment demanding that the Scottish Government clarify which regulatory authority is responsible for considering the impact on wild salmon of applications for increased biomass on salmon fish farms.