HC Deb 21 April 1999 vol 329 cc572-3W
Mr. William Ross

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list up to the latest available date(a) each instance of Infectious Salmon Anaemia, (b) its location, (c) the date reported to his Department and (d) if in wild or farmed salmon, in seatrout or other salmonoid; and what measures he has taken, or is taking, to (i) control and (ii) eliminate the condition; and if he has determined how ISA was introduced to Scottish waters. [80872]

Mr. Macdonald

To date, Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) has been confirmed on 10 seawater farmed salmon sites, as follows:

Site Date of ISA confirmation
Loch Nevis B, Argyll 15 May 1998
Loch Greshornish, Skye 16 May 1998
Loch Nevis A, Argyll 9 June 1998
Loch Creran A, Argyll 9 June 1998
Loch Creran C, Argyll 9 June 1998
Loch Creran B, Argyll 17 June 1998
Shuna, Argyll 24 July 1998
Lismore A, Argyll 24 July 1998
Mangaster Voe, Shetland 27 August 1998
Loch Nevis C. Argyll 18 September 1998

Confirmation of the presence of ISA is based on clinical signs and laboratory tests. The current outbreak is the first in the European Community and legislation requires its elimination from our waters. The measures taken include clearance of the fish from infected farms, disinfection of equipment and fallowing for at least 6 months. In conjunction with official monitoring and sampling of fish, permission is required for movements of fish, equipment etc, into and out of farms in the same water catchment area as infected farms and fish movements are regulated in surrounding surveillance areas. An investigation into the source of the outbreak continues.

From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.