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Cleanerfish to take centre stage in Aviemore

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Some of Britain’s leading cleanerfish experts are taking part in a Q&A session as part of Aquaculture UK in May.

The cleanerfish conference session aims to identify current technical issues with cleanerfish husbandry and deployment and will be divided into four sections: hatchery operations; best practice in deployment; health, vaccination and welfare; and the latest updates on technical and research, topics including nutrition and genetics.

The session provides a chance for registered Aquaculture UK attendees to ask questions relating to cleanerfish to an expert panel. Panel members will include Jim Treasurer, the former research director of FAI Ardtoe Marine Laboratory; Carolina Gutierrez Rabadan, Marine Harvest Scotland; Sonia Rey Planellas, Institute of Aquaculture; Chris Hempleman, Scottish Sea Farms; Richard Prickett, Dorset Cleaner Fish Ltd; Andrew Davie, Institute of Aquaculture; and Allan MacMaster, FAI Aquaculture, Aultbea Hatchery.

Lumpfish fry

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Delegates will be given the opportunity to send in questions to the panel online before the event, in order to identify some key issues that can be highlighted and addressed as a basis for discussion during this Q&A session. Details of how to submit questions will soon be available on the Aquaculture UK website.

Panel members will endeavour to provide to session attendees a technical answer and suggestions as to how to remedy the problem.

“The enhancement of breeding programmes and the successful deployment of cleanerfish is a core focus of the salmon farming industry and we are delighted to be hosting this important and informative question and answer session,” says Nigel Balmforth, 5m Publishing, which is about to release a new book, Cleaner Fish Biology and Aquaculture Applications, edited by Jim Treasurer.

The Q&A session will be taking place at the Aquaculture UK showground, McDonald Highland Resort from 10.30-12.30, on Thursday 24 May.