SSPO comment on SEPA Emamectin Benzoate study

In response to the SEPA study on Emamectin Benzoate published today, Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation said:

“This is a most bizarre situation. SEPA have published a report based on desk research on non-native species in freshwater, regardless of the fact that our salmon mature in marine water. Then they ask if anyone has any other information to contribute to their findings.

“No business can operate successfully in this sort of chaos. If the Scottish Government and its agencies want to deter investment, put jobs and economic benefit in jeopardy this is certainly the right way to go about it. SEPA have introduced immediate regulatory changes with no consideration of the social and economic impact despite being legally required to do so.

“Scottish salmon is Scotland’s and the UK’s number one food export supporting over 8000 jobs, mostly in the Highlands and Islands where there are few alternatives. Working to strict environmental standards, we produce a healthy, high quality food which has a growing market across the UK and in 60 countries worldwide. If this sort of chaotic regulation starts then we can expect to lose our market share, which will undoubtedly have a negative impact on investment, loss of jobs and economic benefit to Scotland.”

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Note: a formal complaint has been submitted to SEPA on behalf of SSPO members