SSPO response to S&TC statement

In response to today’s S&TC statement on publication of its NINA report, Scott Landsburgh, SSPO Chief Executive, said:

“It’s a stretch to describe this as a “new” report when the authors have rewritten much of their own work a second time round. Quantity is no substitute for quality in scientific debate.

“We are as aware as S&TC of the state of wild salmon stocks and have consistently pointed out that scientific research has suggested that any impact of sea lice from farms on wild populations is minimal. It is interesting, however, that there is no acknowledgment of the impact of climate change which is undoubtedly having an effect on wild and farmed fish health across the board.”