Sea trout are not ‘second-class citizens’: ALL of
As Deputy Environment Minister Lewis Macdonald kicks off Scottish Biodiversity Week today, the Sea Trout Group calls on him to ensure that the country’s native west coast sea trout are given the full protection they deserve.
“Our native sea trout are an important part of
“One thing we do know is that stocks of sea trout in the majority of the rivers and lochs of the Highlands and the
“We accept that the majority of salmon farm operators are working hard to reduce the numbers of adult sea lice on their fish, and this should be serving to reduce the number of juvenile lice released into the environment to latch onto wild fish,” added Ms Cameron.
Sea trout are brown trout which ‘smolt’ like salmon and migrate from freshwater to the sea to feed during part of the year. Unlike wild salmon, which migrate from river to sea in annual ‘runs’, and pass through the ‘fish farm belt’ quite quickly on their way to the feeding grounds in the N Atlantic, sea trout remain in coastal waters throughout the marine stages of their life cycle. They are therefore much more vulnerable to infestation by sea lice.
The total 2003 catch of wild salmon plus sea trout in the areas where fish farming is based was substantially fewer than 9000 fish; many of these fish were released after being caught. The number of salmon in farm cages within this area is well over 80 million at any one time.