The AST firmly believes that ICES (the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) has now provided convincing evidence of both direct impacts and major risks from open cage salmon aquaculture on wild salmon and sea trout stocks, in terms of both sea lice loadings and genetic introgression from escaped farmed fish.
In light of the recent scientific information on the impacts of Aquaculture the AST has revised and updated its positioning statement on salmon aquaculture. We are looking at ways to urgently and positively move forward the dialogue with the fish farming industry and Government so as to alter fish farm management practices and improve conditions for wild salmon.
1⁄2 time member of staff to co-ordinate the project – £25,000 pa
Project support £25,000 pa
Total cost £50,000 pa for 3 years
Scientific funding to support 3rd parties £50,000 pa raised/co-ordinated by the AST, through Research Call.
In 2016 the AST updated its Aquaculture Position Paper. Please click here to view.