Approximately 50,000 salmon escaped when a fish farm in Argyll broke totally free from its moorings, it has been exposed.
The North Carradale farm, around Campbeltown, endured destroyed to four of its 10 fish pens for the duration of Storm Ellen.
Proprietor Mowi stated inspections by divers revealed the breakage of mooring ropes hooked up to the farm’s seabed anchors was the bring about.
Just more than 30,000 of the farmed salmon also died as a end result of the incident.
Mowi reported it has despatched the torn ropes to a testing facility in Aberdeen for further more investigation.
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Ecosystem Defense Company claimed: “While we are self-confident that maritime pens have been returned to their authorised position and there was no substantial air pollution, we are liaising with Mowi and Maritime Scotland, who have accountability for fish escapes and their reporting.”
The North Carradale farm contained 550,700 salmon right before the four pens had been damaged in lousy climate on 20 August.
Mowi stated a full of 48,834 salmon escaped, 30,616 died and a even more 125,000 were being harvested.
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Environmental campaigners have raised problems about the escaped fish breeding with wild Scottish salmon.