Our Priority

Fish welfare is paramount at Scottish Sea Farms. Maintaining high standards of fish welfare will produce a high quality product at the end.

  • At the marine sites fish are fed both manually and with automatic feeders. Most sites are equipped with underwater cameras, in this way we can monitor the feeding, allowing us to minimise waste feed going into the environment, and to monitor fish behaviour on a daily basis.

    Remote feeding can be operated from the shore when weather prevents us reaching the fish by boat. We use different diets, all of high quality.

  • Our staff is trained to high standards in order to monitor fish welfare, including sea lice and gill disorder identification and management.  Fish welfare is checked weekly. This is carried out by skilled staff, one fish checked at a time minimising the time that the fish is out of the water.

  • Mortality is checked daily and removed several times per week analysing causes of mortality and trends.

    Handling is always kept to a minimum and when required is done by trained staff with caution following the guidelines set on the CoGP and Freedom Food standards.

    We have been awarded ISO 9001 for quality standards, all the fish are farmed to RSPCA Freedom Food standards, and we are proud to be the first awarded British Retail Consortium Grade A certificate, and we comply with the SSPO Code of Good Practice.

Husbandry

No one knows his animals better than a farmer.

Free to Farm Their Way

Our farmers are free to run their farm their way, taking account of all environmental factors and using their skills and expertise, just as any land farmer would do.

The principles they apply come from the heart as much as the company, and the fruits of their harvest are there for all to taste.

Three Scottish Sea Farms site managers have received external recognition of their expertise:

  • Steven Jamieson, Loch Nevis farm won the Crown Estate ‘Site Manager of the Year’, 2009.
  • David Duffy, the Dunstaffnage site received the Marks & Spencer Plan A ‘Future of Farming’, 2010
  • Richard Darbyshire, Regional Manager Orkney – Marks and Spencers Farming for the Future Manager Champion of Champions 2014
  • International farming award 2014