Scotland is the largest farmed salmon producer in the EU and the third largest in the world.

Salmon farm in Scotland

This report focuses on the welfare of fish on salmon farms specifically because they dominate the Scottish aquaculture industry, making up more than 90% of aquaculture production. Protecting the welfare of these fish and preventing suffering is a moral imperative, but it is also critical to the viability of the industry itself. Consumers expect healthy, happy and sustainable fish, and poor welfare also leads to direct economic losses.