Date lodged: 9 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the reported rise in the use of azamethiphos, emamectin benzoate and deltamethrin on salmon farms.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 19 January 2017
The use of such chemicals in coastal waters is regulated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency through the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011, in the form of conditions in licences issued to salmon farms. If SEPA finds evidence of incorrect use of such chemicals, the Regulations enable SEPA to take appropriate enforcement action for non-compliance with the licence conditions.