Friend of the Sea Certifies Wester Ross for Sustainable Fish Farming While Hailing Its Environmental Innovations

Friend of the Sea Certifies Wester Ross for Sustainable Fish Farming While Hailing Its Environmental Innovations

Oldest independently owned salmon farm in Scotland adheres to high standards for preservation of the marine environment

Friend of the Sea, the preeminent certification standard for products and services that respect and protect the marine environment, announced that it has recertified Wester Ross Fisheries, the oldest independently owned salmon farm in Scotland for sustainable seafood production processes. Wester Ross has pioneered the use of anti-predator technologies to protect the salmon from attack by seals. The company can display the Friend of the Sea eco-label on its products.

 “It’s always a great experience to work with innovators,” said Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “Wester Ross is proving itself to be a leader in inventions that enable successful, but environmentally friendly fish farming techniques.”

Wester Ross has created a device known as “The Box Net,” which is positioned between the pen net containing the salmon and the ocean. It completely surrounds the pen net, thus protecting the salmon. This novel practice allows for the removal of underwater acoustic deterrent devices. Thus, while seals are present, they no longer present a risk to the salmon. This practice is one of a number of unique farming methods practiced by Wester Ross, all of which contribute to an enviable reputation for growing delicious Scottish Salmon.