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28 Nov 2018

Saving our seas

View of Burg from across the sea. Snow is on the mountain tops in the distance.
Scotland’s seas need protection.
We’re asking the salmon industry to clean up its act to protect Scotland’s world-class natural environment.

We have added our voice to those of other conservation organisations, naturalists, anglers, politicians and thousands of members of the public in calling on the salmon industry to clean up its act.

Our experts say that Scotland has the potential to support a successful sustainable aquaculture sector, but only if the issues of discharge, disease and chemical pollution are better managed.

We are calling for a moratorium on the expansion of marine fish farming in Scotland until existing environmental problems are addressed.

While not quite going that far, the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy Committee’s report on the salmon industry does respond to most of its problems.

“If implemented, the recommendations in this report will make improvements in the industry and help protect Scotland’s world-class natural environment.”
Richard Luxmoore, Senior Nature Conservation Advisor

We’re pleased to see the impact of sealice on wild fish being recognised, and we support more regulation in this area. It’s also good to see wild salmon’s migration routes being taken into account for the siting of any new fish farms.

The National Trust for Scotland works every day to protect Scotland’s national and natural treasures. From coastlines to castles, art to architecture, wildlife to wilderness, we protect all of this For the Love of Scotland.

Our Strategy

Our new strategy – Nature, Beauty & Heritage for Everyone – provides a framework for the future of the National Trust for Scotland as we look towards our centenary in 2031.