Spot­light on gill health

Tech­ni­cal top­ics tar­geted at help­ing farm­ers

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Aone-day work­shop fo­cus­ing on gill health dis­cussed the lat­est strate­gies to deal with this ma­jor chal­lenge, with farm­ers and scientists from Scot­land, Ire­land and Nor­way at­tend­ing. Around 85 peo­ple gath­ered at the event, or­gan­ised by the cot­tish al on rod cers rgan­i­sa­tion and held for the ben­e­fit of its mem­bers, in In­ver­ness last month.

At­ten­dees were able to share their ex­pe­ri­ences and ex­per­tise in, among other things, freshwater treat­ment, plank­ton, func­tional feeds and bio-foul­ing.

Del­e­gates in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives from pro­duc­ers, equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers, feed com­pa­nies, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal groups, as well as vets and re­searchers.

Dr Iain Ber­rill, the SSPO’s re­search and data man­ager, said the tech­ni­cal work­shop fol­lowed on fro a re­cent cleaner fish event, and was g ided by the in­dus­try and tar­geted at help­ing peo­ple on the ground.

‘There is a lot of re­ally im­por­tant work go­ing on out there to man­age and en­hance gill health and we are keen to pro­mote this, while help­ing to gen­er­ate dis­cus­sion be­tween in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives through knowl­edge ex­change.

‘Each topic was fol­lowed by a ques­tions and an­swers ses­sion to stim­u­late dis­cus­sion across the group, which may even lead to po­ten­tial new re­search op­por­tu­ni­ties that could bring sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits to the cot­tish ind stry in the long term.’

The ini­tial fo­cus of the work­shop was on mon­i­tor­ing, with Hamish Rodger of the Fish Vet Group giv­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion with what he called his ‘ten things you should do to mon­i­tor and help man­age gill health’.

This was fol­lowed by a talk from Mona Gjess­ing from the Nor­we­gian Ve­teri­nary In­sti­tute, who dis­cussed her on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into sal­mon gill virus.

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