Date lodged: 12 April 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle sea lice in the salmon farming sector.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 19 April 2017
The Scottish Government has invested significantly to support research and in developing innovative, long-term, sustainable options for the control and management of sea lice on Scottish fish farms. In 2014, £11 million funding (to be matched by industry) was provided to establish the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre with sea lice control a priority. Last year, a further £1.7 million funding was awarded to SAIC, through the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) for piloting non-medicinal sea lice interventions. These will also allow a range of sea lice removal and barrier technologies to be trialled and piloted in Scotland, and the work involves a wide range of companies based in Scotland.