£4m investment from Scottish Sea Farms

£4m investment from Scottish Sea Farms

Scottish Sea Farms (SSF) has made an investment in excess of £4m for Scotland’s first Thermolicer machine as part of its ongoing initiative to deliver a natural solution to control sea lice.

After  arriving in Scotland last week, SSF have committed to cooperating with other farmers by sharing theuse and knowledge of the Thermolicer.

It is hoped that the investment will reduce the need for medicinal treatments in the fight against the naturally occurring parasite.

The Thermolicer is an environmentally friendly machine that uses zero chemicals in the treatment of sea lice. 

The lice have a low tolerance for changes in temperature and the new machine uses this fact to use water temperatures to eradicate the parasite.

Ralph Bickerdike, Scottish Sea Farms head of fish health, said: “Sea lice is a challenge for all fish farmers in most salmon producing areas. 

“At Scottish Sea Farms we intend being part of the solution to this challenge.  Our work with SAIC and other industry partners in this area has already reaped huge benefits through our work with wrasse and lumpfish – varieties of cleaner fish.

“The Thermolicer is the latest step in developing alternative tools to maintain a sustainable solution to fish health management.”

Heather Jones, CEO of SAIC said: “We are delighted to see this level of innovation and collaboration happening in Scotland.

“The industry is tackling the biological issues it faces with energy and initiative, and with a strong commitment to sustainable practices. Scottish Sea Farms is leading the way, allowing the learning from deploying this new equipment being trialed to be shared with other operators in Shetland.”

Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation added: “Scotland’s salmon farmers have always been at the forefront of new inventions creating technological solutions as needs have evolved. Collaboration and sharing knowledge and skills have been paramount in enhancing fish welfare.

“It also reinforces our commitment to environmental and industry sustainability - crucial in driving our industry forward. We look forward to hearing the results and seeing how it can integrate with established health management strategies to the benefit of the whole industry.”


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