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Fish Farms

Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what information his Department holds on the impact of escapees from fish farms diluting the gene pool of wild species, with particular reference to salmon.

There is only one marine salmon farm in Wales and any escape of farmed salmon is therefore unlikely to have a significant effect on the stocks of wild salmon in Welsh rivers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish for each of the last 10 years the number of fish farms in Wales indicating the location of each one by the use of ordnance survey grid reference numbers.

The number of fish farms in Wales in each year since 1986 was as follows:

Data were not collected before 1986. Fish farmers are not required, when registering with my Department, to give the ordnance survey grid references of their sites.