Purpose-built ves­sel will in­crease re­sponse times over gill is­sues

Salmon:

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - BUSINESS - BY KEITH FIND­LAY

Fish farmer Scot­tish Sea Farms (SFF) said yes­ter­day it was to take de­liv­ery of a purpose-built work­boat to in­crease re­sponse times to gill health is­sues.

Cost­ing £1.9m, the Fair Isle – named af­ter the is­land be­tween Shet­land and Orkney – will ser­vice the firm’s more northerly sites, de­liv­er­ing pre­ven­ta­tive vet­eri­nary treat­ment.

Gill health is thought to be one of the big­gest chal­lenges facing salmon pro­duc­ers glob­ally, and as such is recog­nised by Scot­land’s 10-year Farmed Fish Health Frame­work as a pri­or­ity area for ac­tion.

SFF head of fish wel­fare Ralph Bick­erdike said: “Re­cent years have seen sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in the sur­veil­lance of fish health and the farm­ing en­vi­ron­ment, with wa­ter qual­ity mon­i­tored on a daily ba­sis and gill health rou­tinely as­sessed by our farm­ers to de­tect any chal­lenges and high­light where pre-emp­tive ac­tion is needed.

“Hav­ing a sec­ond ded­i­cated work­boat takes this ‘pre­ven­tion over cure’ ap­proach a key step fur­ther, en­abling us to ad­min­is­ter

“It en­ables us to ad­min­is­ter the best care at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity”

the best vet­eri­nary care at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity.”

The Fair Isle is the sec­ond ves­sel to be built by Nau­plius Work­boats on be­half of SFF af­ter San­doyne Lass, which joined the fleet in 2017 and ser­vices the company’s Wester­bis­ter farm in Orkney.

NEW AD­DI­TION: Fair Isle skip­pers Aaron An­der­son and Alas­tair MacEachen and the new £1.9m work­boat

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