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Most are transported south to be burnt at an incinerator in Widnes near Warrington in northwest England.
Campaign groups warn that the industry is facing an “environment catastrophe”, is “haemorrhaging cash” and “shames Scotland”.
“We have taken decisive action to tackle these challenges,” said a company spokesperson.
The Scottish Government pointed out that fish and shellfish farming contributes £620m to the Scottish economy every year, supporting more than 12,000 jobs.
There have been successive, significant increases in 2014, 20.
Latest figures for the months up to June 2017 show another another 7,700 tonnes of dead salmon discarded, suggesting that the problem is not going away.
“The Scottish Government is committed to working with the aquaculture sector to develop a strategic health framework that ensures we make progress in tackling major problems, including emerging disease and sea lice.” Who is throwing away the dead salmon fish farm company / tonnes in 2013 / tonnes in 2016 Marine Harvest / 2,224 / 7,609 Scottish Salmon Company / 2,436 / 5,873 Wester Ross / 86 / 3,142 Kames / 51 / 2,854 Scottish Sea Farms / 1,897 / 1,678 Grieg / 0 / 611 Dawnfresh / 122 / 200 Loch Duart / 581 / 33 Others / 3,202 / 479 Totals / 10,599 / 22,479 Salmon farming 2016 in numbers 162,817 tonnes production 3,903 tonnes organic production 43m young salmon 10m mortalities 311,496 fish escaped 253 fish farm sites 10 companies 1,486 staff £1.8bn business £3.6bn target business for 2030 Readers’ comments: You are personally liable for the content of any comments you upload to this website, so please act responsibly.There are also thought to have been significant mortalities in the Western Isles since then.The company that suffered the biggest losses was Marine Harvest, headquartered in Norway, whose mortalities leapt threefold to 7,609 tonnes between 20.“Infectious diseases and lice infestation are crippling the Scottish salmon farming industry which is haemorrhaging cash,” he claimed.The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO), which represents the industry, accepted that there had “unfortunately” been losses.