RSPCA welfare standards for farmed Atlantic salmon 18 September 2015
* indicates an amendment
Although salmon may not feed for long periods in the wild, depriving a farmed fish that has
previously been fed regularly will usually have an adverse effect on welfare. It is unacceptable to
deprive salmon of food for perceived flesh quality reasons.
For harvest fish, fasting time must:
a) not exceed 72 hours (unless directed by the designated veterinary surgeon for fish welfare reasons)
b) be recorded in the VHWP (see H 1.1).
F 4.2 After any period of fasting, food must be reintroduced in a way that:
a) encourages the fish to resume feeding
b) minimises waste
c) producers can demonstrate does not compromise fish welfare.
F 4.3 Records must be kept of the period for which the fish were fasted and when feed was reintroduced.