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RSPCA welfare standards for farmed Atlantic salmon 39 September 2015

* indicates an amendment

T 7.5 Maximum stocking densities must:

a) be within 40-50kg/m

3 (depending on water quality and size of smolts)

b) be set so that water quality can be maintained over the length of the journey.

T 7.6 If fish counting equipment is in place, it must:

a) be over a de-waterer

b) be fully maintained

c) be regularly calibrated to maintain accuracy

d) be of a design not likely to cause damage or injury to the fish.

T 7.7 The number of fish to be loaded must be known in order to be able to verify compliance with the

stocking density.

T 7.8 There must be enough light in the well to enable easy inspection of the fish.

T 7.9 Pumps and pipes used for unloading must be positioned to minimise the height and distance that the fish

have to be pumped.

T 7.10 Pumps and pipes must be free of any rough edges which might damage the fish.

T 7.11 There must be a method in place to ensure that no fish are left in the pipes after pumping, or during

a breakdown.

T 7.12 A humane process must be in place to safeguard fish welfare when removing the last fish from the well.

T 7.13 Adjustments must be made to the trim/balance of the wellboat to ensure fish are aligned with the

discharge point.

T 7.14 Water flow through the wells at discharge must:

a) be sufficient to facilitate movement of the fish

b) not be so strong as to cause the fish injury.

* Seawater site staff (receiving)

T 8.1 * A system must be in place to ensure that the numbers of fish to be discharged into each receiving

enclosure is pre-planned and reported to well boat staff before discharge begins.

T 8.2 * Any fish which die during transportation must be separated from live fish as soon as possible after arrival.

T 8.3 * Records must be kept of any deaths or injuries that occur during transportation.

T 8.4 * The pipe layout angle and drop must:

a) lead to good distribution into the enclosure

b) minimise the risk of collisions between fish.

T 8.5 * The nets at the reception enclosure must:

a) be set at a sufficient depth to permit inspection

b) not be so shallow that fish are stressed by strong sunlight.

T 8.6 * The fish must be given humane protection from birds and marine predators.

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