A comment in relation to the industry’s use of wild caught wrasse:
Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation said:
“Using cleaner fish like wrasse on salmon farms is proving to be a successful strategy to manage naturally occurring sea lice on farms. It is a biological solution which has resulted in a significant decline in veterinary medicine use. Around half of the wrasse we use is farmed and the rest is caught. While the industry is investing in hatcheries to farm all the fish it needs within the next two to three years, we take all the steps we can to fish responsibly.
“There is no national management of wrasse, but mindful of the importance of managing fisheries we do not select juvenile fish or broodstock. We also record catches and report these to Marine Scotland. The industry is also involved with the Scottish Government in a research project on wrasse.”