INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY INTO TROUT ESCAPE IN SCOTTISH SEA LOCH
Investigation underway into trout escape in Scottish sea loch. An investigation has been launched after 33,000 rainbow trout escaped from a fish farm into Loch Etive in the south west Highlands, reports The Herald newspaper in Scotland
It is thought to be the biggest escape in over 10 years in the area, with the trout escaping through a hole in one of the nets of a Dawnfresh farm in Loch Etive.
Conservationists are concerned about escaped non-native trout preying on juvenile wild salmon. They also compete for food with the native salmon and trout.
Alison Hutchins, farming director for Dawnfresh Farming, told The Herald: “Our investigations of the incident thus far indicate that the hole in the net was caused while upgrading our bridles to chains from nylon,” she said.
“Fish health and welfare is among our top concerns and we have well-trained professional teams at all of our sites so we take these incidents very seriously and are always looking at ways to improve in the future.
‘We have already put in place measures to prevent this situation from happening again and increased the frequency of net inspections.”
Dawnfresh is the largest trout producer in the UK, and the largest supplier of Scottish loch trout in the world. Their farming division, Dawnfresh Farming, has a number of farms and hatcheries throughout the north of Scotland, where they grow both freshwater and loch trout.