Scotland: Marine Harvest seal killing causes concern – Fishupdate.com

Scotland: Marine Harvest seal killing causes concern Published:  25 November, 2005

MARINE Harvest, Scotland’s leading fish farm operator has been accused of recklessly shooting seals near one of its sites at Kyle of Lochalsh in the west Highlands, according to the BBC website. Reportedly, a local tour boat operator claimed that he had evidence that seals were not being shot cleanly, causing animals to be left to die of their wounds.The tour boat operator was also reported to have claimed that the killings were adversely affecting his wildlife tourist business. However, the company said it had to shoot the seals to stop them attacking the salmon cages and denied it was responsible for causing any woundings. The Salmon Farm Protest Group said the company should be employing marksmen to ensure the animals were killed as humanely as possible. Since the 1970s, seals have been a protected species but can be shot, under licence, to protect fish farms. Marine Harvest, part of the multinational company Nutreco, owns fish farms up and down the west coast.

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