In a recent post I reported on the massive sales of Scottish Salmon across Europe and beyond. I opened with:
‘After investing more than £20 million in improving the health of Scotland’s farmed salmon stock (see ref below), the industry is now booming. In 2016, 75 000 tonnes, worth £451 million, were exported to 60 countries!’
There had been health problems reported a year or two earlier. This seems to be the basis for the recovery. The Ballan Wrasse is a cleaner fish that eats the sea lice which were responsible for problems with the Salmon. It’s a natural solution much preferable to a chemical one, I’d say. There’s also a Corkwing Wrasse.
The chair of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation said:
‘In particular, we want to highlight the successful introduction of wrasse as a very effective and environmentally friendly way to keep salmon free of lice, which occur naturally in the water. A significant variety of marine life thrives around salmon farms, something which is not fully recognised by regulators.’
Did they spend £20 million identifying the role of the Wrasse? Seems a lot.