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DawnFresh has issued a statement following news a small hole was found in a net at one of its farms on Loch Etive.
A Dawnfresh spokesperson said: ‘Last week, we notified the Fish Health Inspectorate of Marine Scotland that we had found and repaired a very small hole – approximately 9cms long and 4cms across at its widest part – in a net at our Sailean Ruadh farm on Loch Etive.
‘We believe the hole was likely caused by a seal or spurdog and, although immediately fixed when found, a small number of fish will have got through the hole and in to the loch.
‘Cages and nets are checked and fish counted on a regular basis so we are confident any fish which did go through would only be a tiny fraction of what was in the net and are working to find out precisely how many.
‘The fish were in good health at the time so we do not believe there is any risk to the public or local eco-system and any fish are safe to eat if caught.
‘We will continue to update Marine Scotland on any new developments.’