Shetland salmon gets all clear – Fishupdate.com

Shetland salmon gets all clear Published:  09 September, 2005

SALMON farmed near the site of last weekend’s Shetland oil spill have been given the all clear following scientific testing.

On Wednesday the pollution emergency group set up to deal with the spill was disbanded after reporting that most of the oil has now disappeared. Shetland Islands Council praised all parties involved in the clean up operation. It said the incident had shown that its oil contingency plan is effective.

Experts from the Scottish Executive agency, Fisheries Research Services, inspected a number of salmon and mussel farms in the area. Contamination tests were carried out at one site where there was evidence of oil at the farm, but proved negative.

Earlier this week, fish farmers in the area were advised to refrain from feeding or harvesting fish in areas of obvious pollution. However, the industry has been able to operate as usual.

Local ornithologists have been inspecting birds for damage, but so far there have been few wildlife casualties. Ron Patterson, senior inspector with the SSPCA said it hopes to release two swans, treated for light oil damage, within the next few days. A black guillemot was rescued on Monday after being found covered in oil but has since died.

Around 200 tons of marine diesel leaked into the North Atlantic on Saturday night after the Anglian Sovereign ran aground on the Island of Oxna, 10 miles west of Scalloway, during strong winds. The tug is owned by Klyne Tugs of Lowestoft and operated under contract by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Inquiries into the cause of the accident are continuing. The tug’s skipper is due to appear in Lerwick Sheriff Court on September 14 in connection with charges relating to the incident. www.fishupdate.com is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish European Fish Trader, Fishing Monthly, Fish Farming Today, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.