The Scottish salmon-farming industry is one of the most regulated in the world. We are proud of our record of responsibly sourcing all our farmed salmon from independently inspected farms. John Robins is entirely wrong to suggest our standards are not credible (Letters, 25 May).
All our farms participate in the Code of Good Practice for Scottish Finfish Aquaculture scheme and are inspected by GlobalGAP, as well as RSPCA’s Freedom Food, and no-one has done more to tackle seal interaction on farms than has Sainsbury’s.
Since 2009, after founding the Salmon, Aquaculture and Seals Working Group, with the Seal Protection Action Group, we have collaborated with members, including our suppliers, Marine Scotland and the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, to drive continuous improvements and agree that the most responsible methods of managing seal activity are effective exclusion and the use of deterrents.
Our efforts have delivered significant improvements on farms and our ultimate goal is to eliminate any need to shoot seals on farms supplying our salmon.
Sainsbury’s aquaculture and fisheries manager