Trout, Brown or Sea
Production country — UK
Production method — Open net pen
Rainbow trout is the most widely farmed trout species in the UK as it is produced for human consumption, however brown trout is also farmed in this country but mainly for restocking purposes. Brown trout is farmed in freshwater in open net pens tanks, pods and raceways adjacent to a good water supply such as a river. Water diverted into the farm in a constant flow and treated before being discharged. It takes about 7 months for trout to reach harvesting size of 300-400g in this system. Farming in open systems can have negative environmental impacts through direct discharges of organic matters and nutrients leading to local environmental changes and farmed fish escapes, however in the case of trout, all the described potential impacts are of limited scale, since this aquaculture sector is quite limited in its range and volume.
Criterion Score: -2
The sustainability of the marine and other feed ingredients cannot be assured and sea trout has a high demand for fish within its diet.
Criterion Score: 0
There is a very small production of sea trout in the UK (41 tonnes in 2016), as such the environmental impacts are minimal. Sea trout is farmed under license as with Atlantic salmon.
Fish Health and Welfare
Criterion Score: 2
Welfare and slaughter standards are included in the British Quality Trout standards.
Criterion Score: 1
There is no regional level planning but there is a range of regulations to address most of the issues of environmental concern and these are deemed to be effective. There is no independent certification for this species.
Open net pen
Rainbow trout is the most widely farmed trout species in the UK as it is produced for human consumption, however brown trout is also farmed in this country but mainly for restocking purposes.
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Salmon, Atlantic (Farmed)
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Salmon, Sockeye , Red Salmon, Bluebacks, Redfish
Brown or sea trout belongs to the salmon family. It is anadromous i.e. adapted to life in both fresh and sea water. There are 2 types - the migratory sea trout and the non-migratory brown trout. It matures in 3-4 years and can grow up to 140cm and live up to 38 years. Spawns in winter from October to January.
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Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (CAR). Available online at: [http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2011/209/contents/made] enforced by SEPA [http://www.sepa.org.uk/water/water_regulation/regimes/aquaculture/marine_aquaculture.aspx]
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Marine Scotland. Seal Licensing. Available online at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/marine/Licensing/SealLicensing
Marine Scotland. Marine Planning. Available online at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/marine/seamanagement/marineact/marineplanning
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