Mowi Scotland’s salmon farm at Carradale North, which consists of 10 circular net pens and contains 550,000 salmon, averaging 4.2 kg each, shifted position after its seabed anchors became dislodged during Storm Ellen, which hit the UK and Ireland on 20 August.
“The company’s priority at this time is to secure the fish cages in place until Storm Ellen subsides, and to safeguard staff, contractors and fish stock.
“The company has informed Marine Scotland of the event. A final update will be provided after recovery is complete,” said a spokesperson for the company.
The company’s focus is now on securing the site – which lies between Kintyre and the Isle of Arran – and ensuring the safety of all involved.
The Health and Welfare of Atlantic Salmon course
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