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PE01715: Closed-Containment for Salmon Farms in Scotland

Environment Energy

Petitioner: Mark Carter on behalf of Marine Concern


Date Lodged: 23 January 2019

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ensure that the salmon farming industry solely utilises a closed-containment method with full water filtering in Scottish waters.

Petition History:

This petition has now been referred to the Rural, Economy and Connectivity Committee. You can view any further updates on this petition on the Rural, Economy and Connectivity Committee's webpage


7 February 2019: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and key stakeholders to seek their views on the action called for in the petition. Link to Official Report 2019

7 November 2019: The Committee agreed to refer the petition to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee under Rule 15.6.2 of Standing Orders. Link to Official Report of Meeting 7 November 2019

Written submissions

We believe that if the industry is to grow it must act more responsibly and embrace closed containment. Do you agree that the only way this is going to occur in Scotland is if the Scottish Government acts and ensures compliance?

What are your views on the industry’s argument that this method is too expensive?

Why do you think that the relevant agencies in Scotland and the Scottish Government don’t appear to want or insist that for sustainability it is used?

This is the time to have your say, exert your influence and encourage for a more sustainable salmon farming industry in Scotland. We would welcome any other thoughts you have on this issue.


If we allow Salmon farms to grow using open nets we will lose our claim to have pristine waters on the West Coast of Scotland.

Susan Osborn

9:44 on 14 Jan 2019

It is scandalous that there is not a single close containment salmon fish farm in the UK or yet any plans for such. SEPA told me.

Libby Anderson

20:07 on 13 Jan 2019

As a Scot I love the natural wildlife snd and strongly believe it must be protected & kept as nature intended.

Hazel Hoggan

13:10 on 12 Jan 2019

We must stop trashing our planet.

Karen Chapman

9:39 on 12 Jan 2019

We have only one planet. We have to look after it.

Katherine Suzanne Bray

16:19 on 08 Jan 2019

To act as if no damage is being done is totally unacceptable and this must end now .

Robert Brown

11:12 on 07 Jan 2019

The salmon aquaculture industry has had ample time to introduce improvements to salmon production that eliminates environmental degradation and high dependency on chemicals that this industry has a world wide reputation. The improvements necessary have not been forthcoming and the industry is striving to increase production levels in Scotland. Disease continues to be an issue and the industry mortality numbers are in excess of 20%, many many tons of carcasses have to be disposed of. It's time for the Scottish government to set a timetable whereby the industry has to move over to closed containment methods of production.

Ian Cooke

13:16 on 06 Jan 2019

Act now it may all ready be too late. Many if my friends have stopped using Scotish salmon and visiting Scotland for fishing.

Huw Edgar Evans

6:17 on 06 Jan 2019

Local environmental problems and damage are my main concerns but the mining of other fish stocks as feed and colourants and additives used in production are horrifying. Even growing vegetable oils as feed will take land away from good plant based human food. We have got to change our diets. I don't buy or eat salmon, even organic. Almost as bad.

Sarah Eno

14:47 on 05 Jan 2019

This would appear to be a practical solution to a really serious problem that could, in time, see the end of salmon farming. At a stroke it addresses solution, seal culling and will help to protect the wild salmon. To say nothing of lice containment.

Jean Urquhart

14:14 on 05 Jan 2019

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