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Fish farm pesticides are toxic to sea life


Government plans to double salmon farming are encouraging fish farm proposals in unsuitable places - for example, Dounie on the Sound of Jura, by Kames Fish Farming.

A damning new study proves the fish farm pesticide emamectin benzoate (SLICE), kills crustaceans far from salmon cages. Some poisoned lobsters, crabs and prawns are destined for our plates. SLICE is toxic to mammals and birds too, yet the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation claims farmed salmon are a sustainable, healthy food. It urged the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) not to comment on the study, saying it could ‘damage all our reputations’.

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