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Scots salmon producers question sea louse treatment ruling

The Scottish salmon industry has decided to commission new research after calling into question SEPA’s decision to cut back on the use of the sea louse treatment emamectin benzoate (SLICE) by 60 percent.

Following the publication of the WRc Report by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) earlier this week, the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) has announced that it is to commission further independent research "to properly inform the discussion about the potential impact of emamectin benzoate".

Scott Landsburgh, SSPO chief executive, said: “Having reviewed the WRc report on the Environmental Quality Standard for emamectin benzoate, published by SEPA this week, and having taken expert opinion on this, SSPO believes that the report’s recommendations are exceptionally precautionary and that there is a need for further relevant data to ensure proper balance is maintained.

“With this in mind, SSPO will set about gathering additional environmental information and will commission further independent research designed to fill existing gaps in information. These things will proceed as a matter of urgency. We will keep SEPA fully advised of our plans and provide them with the results of the research once it is available.”

Rob Fletcher

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