Scottish Salmon Company, American Excellence Awards, and Other Issues

By Sally Campbell On Landward, a special programme on Saving our Salmon (see Landward on BBC iplayer 2018.2019: 25 Saving our Salmon) the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) declined to come clean and discuss the appalling sight of salmon damaged with raw flesh eaten by parasitic sea lice in their Roag salmon farm in the Outer …

Stories from Scotland’s Seabed: Flame Shell Beds

In the final part of the Stories from Scotland’s Seabed series which highlights different marine creatures and their habitats, Open Seas tells us about Flame Shell beds. Flame shells are small, cockle-like shells. Their stunning red tentacles emerge from their shell and flow in the passing currents like flames (hence the name). However, their colour …

Stories from Scotland’s Seabed Part 3 – Horse Mussel Beds

In the third part of their series, Stories from Scotland’s Seabed, Open Seas looks at the history and current habitat of Horse Mussels. Background Horse mussels look like giant cousins of the mussels you’ll find in the fishmongers – they are a huge mollusc! In Gaelic they are known as ‘clabby dhu’ meaning black mouth, a …

Stories from Scotland’s Seabed Part 2 – Native Oysters

In their series Stories from Scotland’s Seabed, the campaigning organisation Open Seas look at different seafloor species and their role in underpinning the health of our sea. They focus on three particular species which (along with 70 others) have been identified as “Priority Marine Features” by the Scottish government, and are some of the most important species …

Open Seas: Stories from Scotland’s Seabed

The following article is Part One, from a recent blog series from Open Seas, a charitable organisation which campaigns for sustainable practices in Scottish seas and the marine environment. Scotland’s seas are packed full of amazing life – the basking sharks that migrate to our west coast each summer are the world’s second largest fish, the …