Fish farms to destroy salmon

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More than half a million salmon are to be destroyed by Shetland fish farmers in the aftermath of the Braer tanker disaster. The fish, worth up to pounds 10m, are all from farms within the 500-square-mile fishery exclusion zone declared around the south of Shetland.

Tests of fish within that zone - which covers about a quarter of the salmon farming industry in Shetland - have revealed oil contamination. Ian Lang, Secretary of State for Scotland, said pounds 1m had already been paid to the Shetland Islands Council to deal with advance hardship payments to farmers.