SEPA extends consultation on new fish farm rules


The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has extended its consultation on proposed new rules for salmon farming until the end of this month.

Following a report it commissioned from consultants WRc (formerly Water Research Centre) SEPA announced in late June that it was putting in place an interim regulatory position for new applications that limits residues in sediment of emamectin benzoate – the active ingredient in the in-feed lice treatment Slice – “to the extent that practically useable quantities are unlikely to be able to be authorised, unless effective mitigation measures are put in place to collect fish faeces and ensure the metabolites from the administration of the medicated feed are contained”.

It has also proposed a carrot-and-stick approach to licensing new sites, offering fish farmers the prospect of greater biomass allowances in return for..............................

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