Date lodged: 8 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many farmed salmon died in 2017 due to mechanical sea lice treatments, including the Thermolicer, Hydrolicer and Optilicer.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 28 February 2018
Under current fish health legislation, it is a requirement to report increased mortality in aquaculture animals to either a veterinarian or Scottish Government's fish health inspectorate. As a consequence, the total number of salmon mortalities specifically attributable with mechanical sea lice treatments is not held.