Scottish Environment Protection Agency relaxes salmon farming rules following COVID-19 outbreak

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Scottish Environment Protection Agency relaxes salmon farming rules following COVID-19 outbreak

27 March 2020
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Scotland’s salmon farming sector has welcomed the temporary regulatory flexibility agreed with SEPA and Marine Scotland to help manage the impacts of reduced staff availability and disruption to processing and retail distribution as a result of Covid-19.

The SSPO and its members have anticipated that the likelihood of reduced staff, combined with disruption to fish processing and reduced access to markets will mean that fish may have to be kept in the water for longer, with subsequent impacts on monitoring, fish health and fallowing.
 

A statement released by SEPA explains that the organisation: “recognises that the consequences of the outbreak may mean it is not possible for operators to comply fully with their permit conditions at all sites for reasons beyond their control. SEPA will take account of the challenges faced by operators in its approach to compliance assessment and enforcement during this exceptional period.”

Concession to the sector include a relaxation of rules concerning fish health monitoring, fallowing and biomass limits.