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Storm leaves salmon farm vulnerable

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
21 August 2020, at 6:34am

A salmon farm off the Kintyre Penninsula in Scotland is in a precarious position after Storm Ellen dislodged its anchors.

The Carradale North site, which contains 2,300 tonnes of salmon, has been secured until Storm Ellen subsides
The Carradale North site, which contains 2,300 tonnes of salmon, has been secured until Storm Ellen subsides

© Mowi Scotland

Mowi Scotland’s salmon farm at Carradale North, which consists of 10 circular net pens and contains 550,000 salmon, averaging 4.2 kg each, shifted position after its seabed anchors became dislodged during Storm Ellen, which hit the UK and Ireland on 20 August.

“The company’s priority at this time is to secure the fish cages in place until Storm Ellen subsides, and to safeguard staff, contractors and fish stock.

“The company has informed Marine Scotland of the event. A final update will be provided after recovery is complete,” said a spokesperson for the company.

The company’s focus is now on securing the site - which lies between Kintyre and the Isle of Arran - and ensuring the safety of all involved.