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Scottish Fisheries Prepare for Gyrodactylus Salaris

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UK - The Scottish salmon industry has armed itself with stockpiles of disinfectant to protect itself from the deadly Gyrodactylus salaris.

The measures are aimed at protecting rivers from Gyrodactylus salaris (GS), that has had a devastating impact in Norway, reports The Scotsman.

According to the news organisation, the move comes as anglers gear up for the start of the salmon season on the River Tay tomorrow.

Brian Davidson, director of the Association of Salmon Fishery Boards, told the Scotsman: "The consequences of GS entering a river system are extremely grave, the parasite is very destructive and is probably the single greatest threat to Scotland's salmon stocks.

"It's a hot topic at the moment, but we're confident enough has been done to keep it out Scottish rivers."

The association warns that the bug, which can be found in Scandinavia, France, Germany, Portugal, Russia and Spain, has the ability to wipe out wild salmon fish stocks.

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