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Salmon and trout producers unite

Salmon and trout producers unite

23 Nov 2017

A new project co-funded by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), Marine Harvest Scotland and Dawnfresh Seafoods is tackling the problem of sea lice, a big issue in the aquaculture sector.

Teaming up with academics at the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture, the project is looking to improve and extend the use of environmentally-friendly sea lice treatments using freshwater and hydrogen peroxide, which quickly breaks down into water and oxygen.

The 12-month £242,985 project aims to achieve even better control of sea lice, reduce the use of medicines and shorten treatment times, which will improve fish health and welfare and help increase production.

SAIC CEO Heather Jones: “This project has the potential to be particularly ground-breaking. Not only does it see salmon and trout producers unite against a key challenge, but if it succeeds in delivering a more effective sea lice control using available, environmentally-friendly resources, then the entire sector stands to make huge commercial gains in the drive to grow Scotland’s market share.”

It is hoped that the applied research project could lead to further collaboration between salmon and trout producers on other sea lice treatments.