Date lodged: 7 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that the Scottish salmon farming industry is compliant with new regulations adopted by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration prohibiting imports from fisheries where marine animals are intentionally harmed.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 15 September 2016
Compliance with import regulations in another country is a matter for companies exporting to that market. The seal licensing system in Scotland enables fish farms to control seal predation as a means of last resort. Having a licence is not mandatory, and some fish farms choose to use only non-lethal deterrents instead.