Salmon Farming in Scotland


About the Inquiry

The Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) Committee agreed its approach to this inquiry at its meeting on 31 January 2018.

The Committee agreed that the inquiry will focus solely on the farmed salmon sector.


To consider the current state of salmon industry in Scotland, identify opportunities for its future development and explore how the various fish health and environmental challenges it currently faces can be addressed.

SPICe Briefings

SPICe Briefing: Salmon Farming in Scotland

A report commissioned by SPICe and undertaken by SAMS Research Services Ltd (SRSL) on a review of environmental impacts of salmon farming in Scotland is available here. This report contains a review of literature on the environmental impacts of salmon farming in Scotland, the scale of the impacts and approaches to mitigating the impacts. This provides an update of the Scottish Government commissioned report: Review and synthesis of the environmental impacts of aquaculture, published in 2002.


7 March Evidence session with aquaculture research bodies. Confirmed witnesses include: Scottish Association Marine Science; University of Stirling Insititute for Aquaculture; Steve Westbrook.
14 March Evidence session with environmental organisations. Confirmed witnesses include: Scottish Environment LINK, Salmon & Trout Conservation, Fisheries Management Scotland, Lochaber District salmon Fishery Board.
18 April Evidence session with regulatory bodies. Confirmed witnesses include: Scottish Natural Hertiage, Highland Council and SEPA.
 25 April Evidence session with development bodies. Confirmed witnesses include: Scotland Food & Drink, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
 2 May Evidence session with salmon farming representatives. Confirmed witnesses include Marine Harvest, Scottish Seafood Association, Grieg Seafood Shetland, SSPO
 16 May Evidence session with the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity

The dates of the sessions may change due to other Committee Business. This list will be updated as witnesses confirm.


The Committee launched a call for views on 8 February and the deadline for submissions is Friday 27 April.

We encourage you to use our template to submit your view -

Read the written submissions received


Work by other Committees

The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee agreed at its meeting on 23 January 2018 to undertake an inquiry in relation the environmental implications of salmon farming.

The outcome of this work will be a report to the REC Committee to inform its aquaculture inquiry.