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Fish Farmers Monitor wildlife

UK - A Shetland company is the first fish farming business to join a national scheme to monitor marine wildlife.

NO CATCH, of Vidlin, is helping the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) to launch its Marine Recording Scheme which allows fish farmers to record wildlife sightings on line at www.mcsuk.org/mcsaction/wildlife_report or submit them by fax, post or email.

MCS say they will use the data to determine species numbers and distribution to aid conservation programmes, particularly for turtles, jellyfish and basking sharks.

NO CATCH claim to be a pioneer of wildlife-friendly farming methods, including high tension, double netted sea pens and bright yellow top nets to ensure sea birds and seals are unhurt if they attempt to attack the fish. Sea beds are also regularly monitored to ensure their health, the company said.

Source: Shetland Marine News

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