Salmon & Trout Association engage campaigner to fight non-sustainable aquaculture

Guy Linley-Adams tasked to progress S&TA’s campaign to protect and preserve wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout

Guy Linley-Adams tasked to progress S&TA’s campaign to protect and preserve wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout

For the first time, a fisheries organisation is engaging a dedicated campaigner and lawyer to focus solely on just one key issue: to move the fish farming industry towards environmental sustainability.

S&TA has engaged the services of the experienced lawyer, broadcaster and environmental campaigner, Guy Linley-Adams (please see biography following).

Reporting directly to the S&TA Board, Guy will be targeting:

  • Politicians (MSPs, MPs and MEPs),arguing the case for sustainable aquaculture
  • Ministers and officials , holding them to account for their decisions
  • The investment community, challenging supports for unsustainable aquaculture
  • Retailers and supermarkets, scrutinizing their claims to be sourcing salmon products from companies farming responsibly and pushing them to demand higher standards of the fish farmers
  • The media, increasing publicity of the problems caused by fish farming
  • The general public, increasing awareness of what does and does not constitute sustainable aquaculture

The priority targets for the campaign will be to:

  • see the relocation of those existing fish farm sites identified in areas sensitive for wild fish and to
  • remove all smolt cage units from river systems containing wild salmon populations

Paul Knight, S&TA CEO, commented: “Scientific research confirms that farming of salmon in floating cage farms on the Scottish west coast has had a negative impact on wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout; even the Scottish Government now concedes it is likely that impacts of aquaculture have contributed to the decline in runs. We must now translate this scientific consensus into action.”

Guy Linley-Adams adds, “There has simply not been sufficient progress over the last few years in reducing the impact of salmon farming. I feel the industry is at a crossroads. It can chose the path of unsustainable expansion, or it can recognise its failings, pull back from the brink and start to address the damage it has already caused. Working with the S&TA, I see it as my task to cause the industry to choose the latter option.”

 

Guy Linley-Adams
Guy Linley-Adams has been engaged to take on this vital task. Guy is a practising solicitor qualified in England and Scotland, specialising in environmental, water, fisheries and freedom of information law. He is superbly qualified for the job, with a background in campaigning NGOs and broadcasting. He has worked for Friends of the Earth, the Marine Conservation Society and as a consultant to WWF-UK and Wildlife and Countryside Link on marine matters. He has written and presented for BBC Radio 4’s Costing the Earth, and presented BBC TV’s Country Tracks. Most recently, he was Head of Legal at the Anglers’ Conservation Association (now Fish Legal). He is also Co-convenor of the UK Environmental Law Association Water Working Party, and member of the Environmental Law Foundation.

Guy has carried out research at the Marine Laboratory, Aberdeen, on the impact of the organophosphate sea-lice treatment, dichlorvos, and he also wrote and presented a BBC Radio 4 Costing the Earth programme on the threat posed by Infectious Salmon Anaemia. At Fish Legal, he handled the Scottish salmon and fish-farming cases on Loch Shin (smolts), Lochy and Awe (rainbows) and Ewe (salmon), and had a number of successes with the Scottish Information Commissioner in securing disclosure of official information on fish farming, including inspection reports and audits relating to escapes on Lochs Lochy, Etive and Awe.