New law to fo­cus on fish health

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WORK be­gan last month on new mea­sures to im­prove the health of farmed fish, it was an­nounced at the lat­est Aqua­cul­ture In­dus­try Lead­er­ship Group in In­ver­ness. The Ru­ral Econ­omy Sec­re­tary, Fer­gus Ewing, told the meet­ing a frame­work will be de­vel­oped to un­der­pin leg­is­la­tion and guide best prac­tice. Key ar­eas of work will in­clude knowl­edge ex­change, co­op­er­a­tion and open­ness, sea lice and in­no­va­tion. Pro­fes­sor Colin Mof­fat, head of sci­ence at Ma­rine Scot­land, and Ben Had­field, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Ma­rine

Ma­rine Har­vest Scot­land man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ben Had­field will co-chair the new health group Har­vest Scot­land, will co-chair the Strate­gic Frame­work for Fish Health Work­ing Group, which will meet later this month, with a fi­nal draft frame­work ex­pected in the spring.

Ewing said:‘This frame­work re­flects the im­por­tance of fish health to our aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try, and puts the wel­fare of our ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment and fish at the heart of pro­duc­tion.

‘It recog­nises that in­no­va­tion is es­sen­tial to de­liver the in­dus­try’s vi­sion for aqua­cul­ture, to main­tain Scot­land’s rep­u­ta­tion for qual­ity pro­duce and en­hance our po­si­tion on the global fin­fish pro­duc­tion stage.‘

Had­field said: ‘Un­der this vi­tal ini­tia­tive, on which the in­dus­try are com­mit­ted to work col­lab­o­ra­tively with the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment, we will in­crease our trans­parency as a sec­tor, in­crease the de­ploy­ment of prac­ti­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly fish health strate­gies, and ev­i­dence our cur­rent and long term com­mit­ment to fish health.’

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