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Let's take farmed salmon #Offthetable

Salmon has become one of the most popular dishes in restaurants and at home, but its popularity has come at a cost for the environment, fish welfare and the health of the planet. Please help our campaign by donating today.
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Salmon Farming: why it's not a cause for festive cheer

Since the 1970s, global populations of wild Atlantic salmon have declined by around 70%, from 8-10 million to just 3 million today. Open-net salmon farming has been shown to be one of the causes of this decline.

As salmon farming in Scotland continues to grow exponentially it spreads potentially fatal parasitic sea lice from farmed to wild fish. The threat to wild fish is further escalated by a rise in farmed fish escapes and as a result increased likelihood of extinction from genetic dilution.

In 2021, the Scottish salmon industry produced over 200,000 annual tonnes of Atlantic salmon. By 2030 it aims to produce 400,000 tonnes per year.

While the industry looks forward to increasing revenues, the true cost of producing this volume of farmed Atlantic salmon isnt a cause for festive cheer.

Salmon farming wreaks environmental havoc

In the lead up to Christmas, over 2 million farmed salmon are likely to die prematurely each month on farms along the Scottish west coast and islands. Farmed salmon has no place on our festive menus, and certainly not on sustainable ones.

Salmon farming is not an environmentally-friendly menu option. It wreaks havoc on the surrounding environment, has severe costs in terms of resources and carbon use and it leads to the immense suffering of millions of fish - both wild and farmed.

The unsustainable practice of open-net salmon farming is a significant cause of the dramatic decline in populations of wild Atlantic salmon and the integrity of Scotland's coastal ecosystems.

So we ask, what is on your festive plate this Christmas?

It's time to take farmed salmon off the menu.

How your donation will support Off the table

In our continued fight to protect wild Atlantic salmon we have launched our Off the table campaign.

In targeting the hospitality sector, Off the table highlights the environmental, welfare and sustainability issues linked to farmed salmon. It enlists the help of chefs, food writers and critics ready to join us in taking farmed salmon Off the table.

The money you donate will be used to drive this new campaign forward and continue to build a movement of chefs and restaurants across the country who agree it is time to remove farmed salmon from their menus.

As we raise public awareness, we will apply increasing pressure on the Scottish Government to end the fundamentally unsustainable practice of open-net salmon farming.

Thank you for your support.

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We protect wild fish and the freshwater environments they live in. We aim to inspire, inform, involve and influence everyone who can take action to safeguard our water environments.

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