John Robins, of Animal Concern, told the Shetland Marine News that he believed Scottish Seafarms, which operates the site where ISA was confirmed earlier this month, could be prosecuted under the Animal Health & Welfare Scotland Act 2006.
His call comes in the wake of a Scottish government announcement that a full independent review will be carried out into the outbreak east of Hildasay, when environment minister Michael Russell said it appeared the company had not followed the code of good practice, reports the local news organisation.
Mr Russell said the governments focus would be on containing and eradicating the disease, after which he would appoint one or two experts to carry out a full investigation into what happened.
Mr Robins said the ministers comments that ISA may have arisen following the high infestation of sea lice at the site, off the coast of Scalloway, suggested there could have been breaches of welfare standards, which caused unnecessary suffering.
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