Date lodged: 7 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to address the reported welfare crisis that is being faced by farmed salmon because of the use of mechanical lice treatments.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 19 June 2018
The Scottish Government published Scotland’s 10 Year Farmed Fish Health Framework in May [ http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0053/00535697.pdf ]. The framework, which was developed in collaboration with the sector, will drive further improvements to fish health and welfare in Scotland. Key areas of activity will include the development of an action plan to tackle the underlying causes of mortalities on Scottish fish farms and the development and dissemination of guidance on operational best practice for physical sea lice treatments.