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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11931: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it would consider making it a requirement for fish farmers, when submitting information about stock escapes, to include details of any pesticide or other chemical or pharmaceutical treatments the fish had been exposed to in the four-week period prior to their escape.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 26 October 2017

Fish farmers are required to submit an escape initial notification form which includes details of any of any treatments administered for which the fish are in a withdrawal as detailed in Schedule 1C of The Aquatic Animal Health (Miscellaneous Modifications) (Scotland) Regulations 2011. This could include treatments completed greater than four weeks prior to the escape. Fish farmers are not required to notify of recent treatments for which there is no withdrawal period.