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Big Drop in Salmon Escapes in 2008

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UK - According to recent figures, the number of fish lost from Scottish salmon farms fell drastically last year. In total 58,641 salmon escaped, the lowest amount since records began.

According to Scottish Government official statistics obtained by FishfarmingXpert, overall total of salmon is down by 62 per cent compared with 2007, when 154,466 salmon escaped from Scottish farms. The news organisation says that the first two escapes in 2008 happened at Balta Island Seafare in Shetland, where 30,000 fish escaped in total.

In March, a Marine Harvest farm in the Western Isles lost 20 fish due to a handling error. Then, in July, 1,700 fish escaped from Kames Fish Farming, and Lighthouse Caledonia lost 5,500 fish from its Ardmaddy site.

In August another Lighthouse Caledonia site at East Loch Roag lost 7,437 salmon.

In October, Marine Harvest lost another 7,424 fish from a Highland site. And at the end of December, 6,560 salmon escaped from Loch Duart.