Communication of Knowledge Strength in Sea Lice Dispersal Modelling - Technical Working Group
Sustainable growth of aquaculture is an important component of Scotland’s Blue Economy Vision. However, on the path to achieving sustainable growth, it's important to note that sea lice can have significant implications both in terms of fish health and welfare and also with regard to economic impacts (Sea lice management measures for farmed salmon production: research) and there is a risk sea lice from finfish aquaculture have an impact on wild salmon populations (Scottish wild salmon strategy). Therefore, there is a requirement that sea lice are managed for the protection of both wild salmonids and aquaculture – and this is the focus of the modelling work being done. That focus builds on the work done during the Scottish Science Advisory Council (SSAC) review (SSAC Report - Use of Science and Evidence in Aquaculture Consenting and the Sustainable Development of Scottish Aquaculture) and the independent review of aquaculture consenting (Aquaculture regulatory process: review) through closer collaboration with stakeholders, a key element to achieving Scotland’s Vision for Sustainable Aquaculture (Vision for Sustainable Aquaculture).