Last week, 16000 farmed salmon, each of around 10lbs in weight (4.5kg) escaped from a sea cage into the Kilbrannan Sound between Arran and the Mull of Kintyre. These fish may end up in Ayrshire’s rivers and the last thing we need is them breeding with our wild salmon. Marine Harvest who operate the farm reported approximately 16,000 of over 23,000 fish from one cage, escaped last week.
Anyone catching an escaped fish, please kill it and retain a small amount of flesh and a few scales for genetic analysis. Let the Trust know and we will arrange to collect the sample.
Look out for damaged pectoral and dorsal fins and tail and a slightly different shape to typical wild salmon.