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Canada moves into Shetland salmon
NORTH America’s largest fish farming business has bought into the Shetland and Orkney salmon industry for £122.5 million. Cooke Aquaculture announced on Tuesday that they had purchased the northern isles assets of Marine Harvest after that company bought out Polish-owned Meridian Salmon last year. In Shetland the deal covers the bulk of fish farming in Unst, Yell and the west mainland around Aith and Walls, which produce 11,000 tonnes. The company grows a further 6,400 tonnes of salmon in Orkney.
Acquitted over raising finger at witness
A FORMER salmon manager accused of sticking his middle finger up at a witness in an investigation over seal deaths in Shetland was acquitted in Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday. Graham McNally, of 20 Fogralea, Lerwick, denied that he gesticulated at 41 year old Brydon Goodlad on 4 October last year while he and his wife were leaving the town in their car. Sheriff Philip Mann did not believe McNally’s claim he never made the gesture, but said it may not have been intended to upset the Goodlads.
Court challenged over dead seal evidence
A WILDLIFE campaign group has challenged the Crown Office over evidence withheld from court that seals had been killed in illegal nets at a Shetland salmon farm. On Tuesday Meridian Salmon’s former Shetland regional manager Graham McNally admitted setting non-selective nets for the purpose of trapping and killing seals between March and August 2011. The 52 year old was fined £800 after the court was told that no seals or other wildlife had been killed in the nets, that were set at the Hoganess salmon farm’s Cloudin site in Vaila Sound, off Shetland’s west side.
Ex salmon manager fined over seal nets
THE FORMER regional manager of a Shetland salmon farm has been fined £800 after he pled guilty to setting nets for the purpose of taking and killing seals at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Tuesday. Graham McNally, of 89 Sandveien, Lerwick, was arrested after a raid by police and investigators from the animal welfare charity Scottish SPCA on the Hoganess salmon farm in August 2011. The investigators found green “curtain” nets dangling from walkways around two out of 12 cages at the Cloudin site, in Vaila Sound, off Shetland’s west mainland.
Salmon farmers deny netting seals
TWO salmon farm managers have pled not guilty to unlawfully killing seals in Shetland and will go on trial on 15 November at Lerwick Sheriff Court. Graham McNally, aged 51, of 89 Sandveien, Lerwick, and Ross Morrison, aged 30, of 1 Union Cottages, Lerwick, face charges of using nets to unlawfully take or kill grey and common seals between August 2009 and August 2011. The two men were employed as regional manager and site manager of the Hoganess Salmon Farm, which is now owned by Meridian Salmon, based in Rosyth. They have since been suspended.
Salmon farm managers charged with seal deaths
TWO salmon farm managers in Shetland have been charged with unlawfully killing seals at Lerwick Sheriff Court. Graham McNally, aged 51, of 89 Sandveien, Lerwick, and Ross Morrison, aged 39, of 1 Union Cottages, Lerwick, have been charged under the European Habitats directive. The two men are accused of using nets for the purpose of taking or killing grey and common seals at two sites off Shetland’s west mainland run by Meridian Salmon Group. The offences are alleged to have taken place at the Cloudin site and the Hoganess salmon farm on or between 1 August 2009 and 1 August 2011. Neither of the accused men have made a plea and the case was continued at Lerwick Sheriff Court for two weeks until 21 March. Meridian Salmon said last month that the two men had been suspended from work and the company was carrying out its own internal investigation into the allegations.
Salmon farm managers suspended
A SHETLAND salmon farm has suspended two managers prior to their appearance in court next month on charges of killing seals unlawfully. The Meridian Salmon Group said it will also be carrying out its own internal investigation into allegations that regional manager Graham McNally and site manager Ross Morrison used illegal methods to kill seals at the Hoganess fish farm, near Walls, on Shetland’s west side. The charges follow an investigation by the animal welfare charity Scottish SPCA into seal deaths in the area. Last year the SSPCA brought a case against the same two men for animal cruelty after 20,000 fish died suddenly in August 2010 following a bathing treatment for sea lice. The case was dropped after the Scottish government refused to pursue the matter, even though highly toxic horse and sheep dip were found on the site. This week Meridian Salmon managing director Mark Warrington confirmed that two men had been suspended from work at the Hoganess salmon farm until further notice and that an...
Hoganess Salmon managers face new charges
A SHETLAND salmon farm that recently escaped prosecution for the use of illegal chemicals faces legal action once again for trapping and killing seals. Animal welfare charity Scottish SPCA has confirmed that following a raid in August this year on Hoganess Salmon, near Walls, on Shetland’s west mainland, two men from Lerwick have been reported to the procurator fiscal. It is understood that the two men are regional manager Graham McNally and site manager Ross Morrison, both of whom were charged with animal cruelty over the death of around 20,000 salmon last year. Those charges were dropped two months ago as a result of failures by the environment agency SEPA to submit a case over the illegal discharge of chemicals. The procurator fiscal refused to prosecute when it emerged that SEPA had been using the wrong legislation to press charges, 14 months after the initial raid on the salmon farm. The Scottish government would not pursue the case against Hoganess, even though highly toxic sheep and horse dip were...
Second SSPCA raid on salmon farm
SCOTTISH animal welfare charity SSPCA are appealing for information about the killing of seals by salmon companies after a raid on a fish farm in Shetland last week. SSPCA officers raided Hoganess Salmon, near Walls, on Shetland’s west side after reports that seals had been killed illegally. They were supported by the local police and staff from Scottish Natural Heritage. The raid comes in the wake of an ongoing inquiry into the death of around 6,000 fish at the Hoganess site in August last year. In January the SSPCA formally charged regional manager Graham McNally and site manager Ross Morrison with breaching the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2006 over the treatment of salmon for sea lice, however the case has yet to reach court. At the weekend SSPCA chief superintendent Mike Flynn confirmed that the organisation is now investigating breaches of the law regarding the treatment of seals. Mr Flynn said: “We can confirm that we are leading an investigation, in partnership with Northern Constabulary and...

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