Wester Ross Salmon farmer shows “behind the scenes” at international seafood show

International seafood buyers will get an underwater glimpse of salmon farming this week (25th – 27th April) at the Seafood Expo Global in Brussels. A little aquarium is introducing enthralled buyers to some wrasse, the cleaner fish who share salmon farms to keep salmon clear of sea lice. Visitors are also interested to see the wealth of natural life on the seabed around the farms, which includes scallops and prawns.

The aquarium exhibit, alongside their fresh salmon products, comes from Wester Ross Salmon. Managing Director and chair of Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, Gilpin Bradley, explained:

“Thousands of trade buyers come to meet salmon farmers at the exhibition but very few have the opportunity to see a salmon farm in action in Scotland. So we thought we would bring a tiny part of it to them. In particular, we want to highlight the successful introduction of wrasse as a very effective and environmentally friendly way to keep salmon free of lice which occur naturally in the water.

“It’s also fascinating to see the secret life that goes on in the seabed around the farms – like the growth of scallops, prawns, even a baby turbot! A significant variety of marine life thrives around salmon farms, something which is not fully recognised by regulators.”

Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, said:

“As provenance and sustainable production becomes ever more important to customers, Scottish salmon certainly ticks all the boxes. However, showing people exactly what we do brings that message to life and clearly the wrasse are proving a big hit!

“Wrasse and lumpfish are becoming a key part of fish farming and the potential to farm wrasse for the salmon farming sector is an exciting opportunity for further investment and jobs in Scotland.”