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S5W-04998: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 24 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-04594 by Fergus Ewing on 17 November 2016, where and by whom containers of diseased salmon morts are checked for biosecurity compliance during their journey from farm to final disposal, and how many such journeys have taken place in each of the last three years.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 5 December 2016

Vehicles used for transporting salmon morts to a disposal site must be approved or registered under the Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 (ABPR). The operators of these vehicles must ensure that salmon morts be collected and transported in sealed new packaging or covered leak-proof containers. Transporters approved or registered under the ABPR are inspected on a risk-based basis by the Animal and Plant Health Agency and any issues would be an enforcement matter for local authorities. Information on the number of journeys made from farm to final disposal in each of the last three years is not held centrally.