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Sea Lice Still at Large in Shetlands

SCOTLAND, UK - Health problems facing Shetland salmon industry reared their head again last week as one company announced it was vacating four fish farms due to the sea lice parasite.

Four jobs are under threat at Norwegian-owned Mainstream Scotland’s operation in Aith Voe, off Shetland’s west coast, after the firm said they had emptied their sites of fish and were now looking for a buyer, reports Pete Bevington of the Shetland Marine News.

The news follows the discovery in January of two cases of the fatal disease Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) on salmon farms off Shetland’s west coast, which led the government to set up a control zone in which fish movements were banned, he wrote.

According to the news oprganisation, mainstream managing director William Young said they had been badly hit by sea lice at Aith Voe, the same problem which has devastated other fish farms in the area.

Hundreds of thousands of fish off the west coast have been killed by sea lice during the past six months, though Mr Young said their main problem was restricted growth.

Further Reading

- Go to our previous news item on this story by clicking here.
- Alternatively, read our report, Sea Lice: a Parasite of Fish and Farmers Alike, by clicking here.

the Fish Site Editor

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