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Salmon Farmers Benefit From New European Funding

UK - Fish farmers in Shetland who were affected by the outbreak of infectious salmon anaemia (ISA) in the past year, are among those to benefit from the latest round of European fisheries grants.

There have been six cases of ISA since January, most recently at a site owned by Skelda Salmon Farms Ltd. That company is to receive a grant of £346,248 towards a £466,000 project to trial mooring grids to test strains in different environmental conditions, says The Shetland Times.

Hjaltland Seafarms Ltd, three of whose fish farms were hit by ISA, will get £615,218 to put towards equipment for a new site, upgrading of existing equipment, protecting against seal predation and pilot projects to improve the accuracy of determining biomass data within cages and evaluate feed formulations. The company is investing a total of over £1.2 million.

Lakeland Unst Freshwater, which is based at Haroldswick in Unst, is to receive £7,350 towards a £30,000 project to renew oxygen injection and supply at its hatchery; the NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway will collect £84,000 towards a pilot project to evaluate and monitor sea lice resistance to chemical treatments.

Aquaculture will get almost £130,000 towards developing a sustainable area/farm management structure in the fin fish sector and developing and delivering a course on fish welfare.

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