An unknown number of rainbow trout escaped through a hole in a net at a Dawnfresh site on Loch Etive. Photo: File picture.

Escape incident reported at Argyll salmon farm

An escape incident has been reported at Marine Harvest Scotland’s Poll Na Gille site at Loch Melfort in Argyll.

The incident took place on the morning of 19 June, however at this stage it is believed that no salmon have actually escaped from the pens.

Under Scottish government regulations, fish farms must make an initial notification to Marine Scotland if they think there is a reasonable chance that fish may have got through a hole in a net.

A final notification must then be made withing 28 days, confirming the number of fish – if any – that are believed to have escaped.

The Poll Na Gille site stocks Atlantic salmon with an average weight of 2kg.

On 2 March this year, 283 lumpsucker fish were reported to have escaped from the same site.

The incident took place on the morning of 19 June, however at this stage it is believed that no salmon have actually escaped from the pens. Under Scottish government regulations, fish farms must make an initial notification to Marine Scotland if they think there is a reasonable chance that fish may have got through a hole […]

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The incident took place on the morning of 19 June, however at this stage it is believed that no salmon have actually escaped from the pens. Under Scottish government regulations, fish farms must make an initial notification to Marine Scotland if they think there is a reasonable chance that fish may have got through a hole […]

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Published: 27/06/2017 at 11:37 pm


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