One incident involved a mixture of trout species

Two escapes in Scotland

Two escape incidents occurred at Scottish sites in May – with over 800 salmon and up to 200 rainbow trout reported missing after the events. 

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According to newly published Scottish Government statistics, Grieg Seafood Shetland reported that 829 salmon, averaging just over 5kg apiece, had escaped from their site at Bomlo, due to human error, from a cage containing salmon and lumpsuckers between May 18th and 19th.

Five days later, Invicta Trout lost an estimated 100-200 trout from their site in Dumfries due to the weather conditions, with a mixture of tiger, rainbow, brown and sea trout – averaging 1lb apiece – escaping.

These are only the second and third escape incidents reported so far this year in Scotland - they were preceded by the loss of up to 10,000 salmon from a Balta Island Seafare site in Shetland on New Year’s Day.