About 20,000 salmon escape from sea farm
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Salmon farm (Photo: Scottish Sea Farms)UNITED KINGDOMMonday, April 10, 2017,22:10 (GMT + 9)Thousands of Atlantic s
 

Salmon farm. (Photo: Scottish Sea Farms)

 

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Monday, April 10, 2017, 22:10 (GMT + 9)

 

Thousands of Atlantic salmon escaped from a farm run by Scottish Sea Farms at Bloody Bay on the Isle of Mull.

It is thought that the escape __ of around 20,000 fish and 1300 wrasses used at the site as “cleanerfish,” happened when the site was targeted by predators, most likely seals, the Scottish Daily Record reported.

The breach, which took place by the end of March, is deemed to be the biggest in Scotland since 30,000 fish escaped a site in the Outer Hebrides last May.

The salmon averaged almost 3lb each and would have been scheduled for harvest next year.

Experts in the field state that the escape could have environmental ­consequences for the Sound of Mull.

This opinion is supported by a Norwegian study published last July that suggests some domesticated escapees have mated with wild fish, which could weaken the wild population.

Scientists are also ­investigating whether escaped fish could eat or displace wild species.

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