SSPO response to Information Commissioner decision on withholding sea lice data

Scott Landsburgh, Chief Executive of Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation said:

“As farmers of any livestock are aware, managing health and challenges like parasites are part of good husbandry. Salmon farmers have a Code of Good Practice and, if required, plan with the Fish Health Inspectorate to ensure that remedial actions are carried out responsibly. We also publish extensive information on sea lice across 30 separate areas as well as contributing to other online reports by the Scottish Government and SEPA. We take high standards of production very seriously, and commit to a programme of investment and R&D, to maintain our position as Scotland’s and the UK’s largest food export.

There is potential for misleading media coverage to impact commercial success or even provoke unwelcome attention at farms as a result of disclosing information without the full context or reassurance that remedial action is being undertaken. We hope that will not happen but cannot rule it out.”

More information on the Code of Good Practice can be found on our Farming page –