- Every year the Scottish farmed salmon industry uses around 460,000 tonnes of wild fish to make fish oil to feed to farmed salmon, resulting in around 179,000 tonnes of farmed salmon.
- Feedback have calculated that if we ate some of these wild fish directly, and cut our consumption of salmon significantly, we could access the same level of omega 3 as is currently delivered by Scottish salmon farming, while leaving 59% of wild fish – around 273k tonnes – currently caught for feed in the sea.
- Salmon farming in Scotland suffers from high mortality rates – in 2019, the farmed salmon that died before being harvested led to a waste of around 25,000 tonnes of wild fish in the form of feed, enough to feed 2 million people their weekly portion of oily fish for a year.
- If we added some farmed mussels to our diets, we could leave up to 77% of wild fish – around 354k tonnes - currently caught for salmon feed in the sea.
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