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Scotland Hosts Multination Gill Health Initiative

10 June 2016

UK - Aquaculture specialists from four key Atlantic salmon farming nations will meet in Stirling to take part in a two-day (9 and 10 June) gill health event.

The initiative brings together academia, producers and the wider industry to improve understanding on gill health issues, the fourth instalment of series of multination gill health events held recently.

In excess of 100 professionals are expected to attend primarily from Scotland, Ireland, Norway and Australia. Representatives from Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) and Scottish salmon producing companies will be in attendance alongside other supporting industries such as vets, pharmaceutical companies and feed manufacturers.

The initiative is hosted by a multination steering committee, chaired by Neil Ruane from Marine Institute Ireland, with industry and academic representation from each of the four key nations and will take place at Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling.

Steering group member and SSPO Research and Data Manager, Dr Iain Berrill said: “The format of the event is based around talks with lots of opportunity for discussion and networking throughout both days. Part of the remit is to identify knowledge gaps to allow potential projects to be identified and developed.

“In order to identify these gaps, each nation will provide a regional update on gill health issues followed by information and updates on relevant field studies and research. The group will go on to discuss diagnostics and treatments with opportunities to discuss topics at the end of day two. Research funding bodies have been invited along to help join up essential funding to the appropriate projects.”

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