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RSPCA welfare standards for farmed Atlantic salmon 20 September 2015

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Environmental impact

The farm needs to be operated with respect for the natural environment and employees need to

recognise their duty to care for the wider environment. All reasonable steps need to be taken to

minimise the ecological impact of the farming system. Producers need to draw up an

Environmental Impact Plan within two years of joining the scheme.

EVI 1.1 An Environmental Impact Plan must be drawn up and complied with.

EVI 1.2 All relevant legislation, official guidelines and Codes of Practice must be strictly adhered to and understood.

These standards are primarily aimed at the welfare of farmed fish. However, the potential for

aquaculture to have wider environmental effects must also be considered. In addition to fully

complying with all relevant legislation and recommendations, the farmer should demonstrably and

positively review environmental protection policies as developments in research and technology

allow. It is the responsibility of the management to ensure that all employees recognise their duty

to care for the natural environment and monitor possible impacts on it.

Escapees

EVI 2.1 * Fish farms must have a site specific containment plan in place with the aim of preventing fish escaping and

which includes plans for fish recapture.

EVI 2.2 Enclosures must be designed and sited in such a way that they are not likely to be damaged by adverse

weather conditions.

EVI 2.3 Fish farms must have a containment plan in place with the aim of preventing fish escaping.

Farmed fish which escape may have an adverse ecological impact and are also likely to

experience welfare problems. It is therefore essential that all possible reasonable measures

are being taken to prevent farmed fish escaping.

Extraneous species

EVI 3.1 Extraneous species must be returned to the wild, or humanely culled, as advised by the designated

veterinary surgeon.

Fallowing

EVI 4.1 Enclosures must be fallowed as detailed in the Environmental Impact Plan to allow recovery of the benthos

and help to reduce sea lice populations.

Aesthetic

EVI 5.1 Sites must be kept tidy and all waste must be disposed of by an approved method; burning of plastics

is prohibited.

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