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Reports of skin damage in wild Atlantic salmon

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Important news item taken from the Fisheries Management Scotland website

There are reports of small numbers of fish exhibiting signs of bleeding and/or ulceration being caught in Norway, Ireland and Scotland. These symptoms have been reported as being mainly along the area on the belly of the fish between the head and the tail. At the moment what is causing this trauma is unknown. Fisheries Management Scotland are liaising closely with Marine Scotland and samples have now been taken by the Fish Health Inspectorate. If you encounter a fish exhibiting these symptoms please contact the Fish Health Inspectorate immediately – see details below. If possible, the fish should be kept alive until the duty inspector has provided advice as to the appropriate course of action.

It would be advisable, if you do catch and land one of these fish, to follow normal biosecurity protocols and to disinfect your fishing tackle, landing net, waders and fishing jacket.

Example of an affected fish caught in Norway
Contact Details for Fish Health Inspectorate
Fish Health Inspectorate
Marine Scotland
Marine Laboratory
375 Victoria Road
Aberdeen AB11 9DB

Tel:  +44 (0) 131 244 3498
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
If an urgent matter related to the issues listed above arises outside normal office hours, you can telephone the On Call Inspector for assistance on +44 (0)131 244 1833.
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