When Scottish Salmon Watch filmed at a salmon farm operated by Scottish Sea Farms in the Sound of Shuna in Loch Linnhe in July 2019 they were paid a visit by Police Scotland.
The sergeant from Appin police station claimed that Scottish Salmon Watch needed permission from the Norwegian-owned salmon farming company to be in the water near a salmon farm. Police Scotland told Scottish Salmon Watch to leave even though the area they were filming in was public and navigable waters. Scottish Salmon Watch believe that they had every right to navigate and film in a public area - and that Scottish Sea Farms does not have exclusive jurisdiction of the area.
Read more via:
Guidance on Responsible Outdoor Access: argyll-bute.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/guidance-responsible-outdoor-access
Discussion Paper on Law of the Foreshore and Seabed: scotlawcom.gov.uk/files/9412/7892/7069/dp113_foreshore.pdf
The land of Scotland and the common good: report - Section 30: water resources: gov.scot/publications/land-reform-review-group-final-report-land-scotland-common-good/pages/77/
Private Rights and Public Responsibilities:Recent developments in Scots water law: fljs.org/files/publications/Hendry.pdf
The sergeant, when pressed on what laws or regulations were being broken, claimed that Police Scotland had received a call suggesting a theft was taking place. Yet when Police Scotland first approached Scottish Salmon Watch they did not ask to search the boat or even question whether a theft was taking place. It appeared that Police Scotland's motive was primarily to force Scottish Salmon Watch from the public waterway, intimidate and stipulate that permission was needed from a Norwegian-owned private company to enjoy a public waterway in Scotland.
This is very fishy indeed.
Scottish Salmon Watch believes that Scottish Sea Farms is guilty of breaching the Animal Health & Welfare Act (Scotland) 2006 in relation to "Unnecessary Suffering" (Section 19) "Cruel Operations" (Section 21) and "Ensuring the Welfare of Animals" (Section 24).
Legal Complaint Vs Breaches of Animal Health & Welfare (Scotland) Act: donstaniford.typepad.com/my-blog/2018/07/legal-complaint-vs-breaches-of-animal-health-welfare-scotland-act-.html
Justice for Fish: Welfare of Scottish Salmon in Legal Spotlight: donstaniford.typepad.com/files/pr-justice-for-fish-3-october-2018.pdf
Welfare of Scottish Salmon: scottishsalmonwatch.org/welfare
New report exposes serious welfare issues on Scottish salmon farms: onekind.scot/new-report-exposes-serious-welfare-issues-on-scottish-salmon-farms/
Cleaner fish welfare on Scotland’s salmon farms: onekind.scot/resources/cleaner-fish-welfare-on-scotlands-salmon-farms/
In 2018, lawyers representing Scottish Sea Farms - a Norwegian-owned company - threatened legal action to stop the disclosure of damning photos of disease-ridden operations:
Salmon firms bid to block diseased fish photos: theferret.scot/salmon-firms-diseased-fish-photos/
Horror photos of farmed salmon spark legal threat: theferret.scot/pictures-diseases-farmed-fish/
Now it seems Police Scotland is acting as a private security firm for Scottish Sea Farms telling the public to stay away from their polluting, disease-ridden operations. Instead of intimidating and harassing members of the public, why doesn't Police Scotland investigate salmon farms for breaches of the law?
Read more on who controls Scottish Sea Farms via:
Scottish Scamon: scottishscamon.co.uk/report
Read more on disease-ridden Scottish salmon farming via:
The State of Scottish Salmon Farming in 2018: donstaniford.typepad.com/files/report-state-of-scottish-salmon-farming-in-2018-1.pdf
Read more on pollution of the sea-bed by salmon farms in Scotland via:
Revealed: Scandal of 45 Scottish lochs trashed by pollution: heraldscotland.com/news/15118242.revealed-scandal-of-45-scottish-lochs-trashed-by-pollution/
Damming report on toxic salmon farms buried: donstaniford.typepad.com/files/pr-damning-report-on-toxic-salmon-farms-buried-2017.pdf
Review of the environmental impacts of salmon farming in Scotland: researchgate.net/profile/Clive_Fox/publication/322697405_Review_of_the_environmental_impacts_of_salmon_farming_in_Scotland_Report_for_the_Environment_Climate_Change_and_Land_Reform_ECCLR_Committee_The_Scottish_Parliament_196_pp/links/5a69c1b74585154d1544aaf6/Review-of-the-environmental-impacts-of-salmon-farming-in-Scotland-Report-for-the-Environment-Climate-Change-and-Land-Reform-ECCLR-Committee-The-Scottish-Parliament-196-pp.pdf