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Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture or
Companion Farming

The Scottish Salmon Company has piloted Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA), or ‘Companion Farming’, in Loch Fyne in Argyll and Loch Roag on the Isle of Lewis.  This programme seeks to maintain a more balanced habitat around salmon farms by growing different species (invertebrates and plants such as seaweeds and shellfish) alongside salmon, creating self-contained ecosystems.  This test project was developed with the Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS) as part of our ongoing commitment to environmental best practice.