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10,000 Tonnes of Shetland Salmon Affected by ISA

SHETLAND, UK - More than 10,000 tonnes of salmon, around one fifth of Shetlands annual production, will not go into the sea this year as a result of health problems on the west side of the islands.

The industry has warned that jobs could be affected with the loss of almost 3 million salmon smolts, worth around £30 million when harvested, which would have otherwise gone into cages in the Scalloway area, writes Pete Bevington in the Shetland Marine News.

According to the local report, this year no new fish will be grown in the control zone established by the Scottish government in January, following the discovery of infectious salmon anaemia (ISA) in January.

Three companies which are unable to stock fish this year are seeking compensation from the government for loss of business.

However by leaving the area fallow until spring next year the industry will be able to introduce a joint management regime, allowing them to more effectively control the major disease problem of sea lice, which caused huge losses during the last few months of 2008.

Further Reading

- Go to our previous news item on this story by clicking here.
- Alternatively, read our report, Sea Lice: a Parasite of Fish and Farmers Alike, by clicking here.

the Fish Site Editor

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