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S5W-18544: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many cases of chronic lice infestation on fish farms have been reported in each of the last 10 years.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 19 September 2018

Fish farms report average adult female sea lice numbers above reporting and intervention levels to Scottish Government’s Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI). These reports are used to assess whether satisfactory measures are in place to prevent, control and reduce parasites. Industry average adult female sea lice figures are published by site for the first five months of 2018 and are available here: http://scottishsalmon.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Industry-averages-May-2018.pdf