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Scottish Dilemma
Photograph by Paul Nicklen

Salmon farming was initially touted as a new source of jobs for Scotland's struggling coastal communities. But though salmon production increased fivefold over the past dozen years, the number of workers directly employed on fish farms actually decreased to around 1,400 as the industry consolidated and modernized. It now takes only five or six employees to care for the half million salmon grown at a fish farm (above) in Loch Ainort on the Isle of Skye. Automated systems run by computer dispense a precise amount of pellets from the large feed barge at left, which can hold 220 tons (200 metric tons) of salmon food.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1N
Film Type: Ektachrome 100
Lens: 70-200mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/5.6

Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: Afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Ambient light



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