Deadly salmon infection detected
Salmon is now one of the cheaper fish to buy in our supermarkets and this is wholy due to the farming of salmon.
Farming fish whilst protecting wild stocks also brings with it problems of infection and ill health of the fish themselves.
The deadly salmon disease Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) has been discovered in several salmon fisheries in the Burra area and measures are being taken to contain the disease which could devastate the salmon fishing industry if it takes hold.
An infectious disease which can devastate farmed Atlantic salmon stocks has been detected on Shetland, the Scottish government has confirmed.
Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) was discovered at one salmon farm site, which has been empty of fish since 21 December, in the Burra area.
The disease is also suspected at a further two sites in Burra, one of which was emptied six weeks ago.
ISA does not affect humans, but can seriously damage farmed salmon stocks.
The Scottish government said it had immediately set up a National Disease Control Centre and was taking action to control the spread of the disease.