This is a letter sent by Julie Hesketh-Laird, the SSPO Chief Executive, to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing MSP, informing him of the industry’s desire for tighter enforcement levels for sea lice.
“We would urge Marine Scotland to tighten its action level for the enforcement of measures against sea lice, to help keep momentum and results moving in the right direction.
“SSPO members are ready to move to both a lower action level for reporting lice levels on farms and a tighter enforcement level. Specifically, we recommend Marine Scotland reduces the enforcement trigger level from eight to six and the reporting threshold from three to two adult, female lice. To maintain the direction of travel, we recommend a further tightening of the enforcement trigger level to four from February 2020.”