Julie Hesketh-Laird, chief executive of Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, said:
“SEPA’s compliance assessment scheme data for 2017 shows that the vast majority of Scottish salmon farms are compliant and 81% of all Scottish aquaculture businesses were rated excellent or good.
“The Scottish salmon industry is committed to good environmental performance.In 2017 there was a slight drop in the industry’s compliance rate though we understand from SEPA that the issues have not led to any environmental deterioration.
“The industry works closely with SEPA to ensure it meets required standards, and addresses issues promptly where there is room for improvement. Indeed this is central to the way compliance is assessed, with farms required to demonstrate action to remedy non-compliance. The industry is committed to raising standards higher.
“Individual SSPO member companies will work quickly with SEPA to address issues where they arise.”