The cause of fish mortality, impact of climate change and development of treatments will be the focus for the newly refreshed Farmed Fish Health Framework.
The ten-year framework, which is a collaboration between the aquaculture sector and the Scottish government, will now concentrate on areas that make a direct and tangible difference to fish health in Scotland.
The Scottish government’s chief veterinary officer, Dr Sheila Voas, will chair a reformatted steering group with other stakeholders. Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, said that he was delighted that Dr Voas had agreed to chair the group.
“Sheila is a much respected figure within animal health and is ideally placed to bring a fresh perspective to aquatic animal health, and promote linkages between animal and aquatic health, including the Scottish Animal Welfare Commission,” he said.
“The Farmed Fish Health Framework’s focus on fish health and securing a sustainable future for Scotland’s top food export is crucial, and it is ideally placed to contribute to wider work aimed at sustainable economic recovery,” he added.
The three priority delivery areas for the newly refreshed group are mortality by cause analysis, climate change and ocean acidification, and treatments and medicines.