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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.