The incident which happened last month at a farm belonging to the Scottish Salmon Company at Geasgill, was reported to Marine Scotland after employees recorded low numbers during a routine grading exercise.
“We take the health and well-being of our fish and the surrounding environment very seriously and have reviewed procedures,” a spokesperson for The Scottish Salmon Company told The Scottish Daily Mail.
The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) Fishing Group, claims that 11,040 farmed salmon entered rivers including the River Ba, which has a class one rating for salmon conservation.
Greg Marsh, a member of the SGA’s fishing group, said people in the area were “up in arms” about the incident and called on the Scottish Government to take action.
According to iNews, local ghillies have been ordering any farmed salmon caught in local rivers to be killed and not returned to the water.