Date lodged: 2 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that the salmon sector does not exceed the good practice threshold of one sea lice per farmed fish.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 14 November 2017
Adherence to the standards outlined within the industry Code of Good Practice for Scottish Finfish Aquaculture is independently audited. The levels of 0.5 average adult female lice per fish from 1 February – 30 and 1.0 from 1 July – 31 January are suggested criteria for treatment levels and do not represent limits. The Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2007 requires that fish farms have ‘satisfactory measures’ in place for the prevention, control and reduction of parasites. This legislation is enforced by Scottish Government’s fish health inspectorate. Information on the regulation of sea lice in Scotland can be found here; http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0052/00522428.pdf.