NHS Shetland - Survey - March 2021

Fish movement bans lifted

RESTRICTIONS on moving farmed salmon off Scalloway and Burra following the 2009 outbreak of infectious salmon anaemia (ISA) are being lifted.

The two companies farming fish in the area – Hjaltland Seafarms and Scottish Sea farms – are now co-operating in a management agreement that means all fish are grown at the same time to minimize the potential impact of sea lice and disease.

Fourteen fish farm sites have been re-stocked with salmon following a two year surveillance period and will due to be harvested in late 2013/early 2014.

Scottish environment minister Stewart Stevenson said that the industry should remain vigilant to ensure Scotland remained ISA free.

“This makes a significant contribution to the sustainability of the Scottish salmon aquaculture industry and helps maintain the high health status of Scotland’s farmed fish,” he said.

Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation chief executive Scott Landsburgh praised the Scottish government, saying their “pragmatic approach to handling the issue and working with the industry has been an excellent example of timely, efficient collaboration.”