Farmed salmon catches in River Lochy alert producers to probable escape
Trade body Salmon Scotland today said that it had been contacted about a number of suspected farm-raised salmon caught on the River Lochy, Lochaber, in recent weeks.
The salmon indicate a possible escape that has not been discovered by a fish farmer.
“Our salmon-producing member companies are working closely with the local fisheries management organisation to investigate the origin of the fish, including DNA analysis,” Salmon Scotland said in a post on X (formerly Twitter).
“The fish caught on the River Lochy are sexually immature, so interbreeding is not a concern.
“The aim of all parties is to establish where the fish originated, take any remedial action necessary in the River Lochy to minimise impacts and to report on findings to the appropriate stakeholders.”
The River Lochy flows into Loch Linnhe, which has a number of fish farms operated by Mowi Scotland, and further south, by Scottish Sea Farms.