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Hamish Rodger talks seriousness of gill disease at Scottish aquaculture conference

The Scottish salmon farming industry came together on 8 December to discuss gill health at a workshop in Oban, organised by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC).

About 65 representatives from farming companies, academic institutions, government bodies, feed and pharmaceutical firms met at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) to hear from experts about one of the biggest challenges to production in most salmon farming nations.

Hamish Rodger, Global Managing Director of Fish Vet Group, said gill disease was ‘something we need to address urgently’ as it had a global impact even greater than sea lice.

"We can’t manage sea lice because of gill problems." HAMISH RODGER, GLOBAL MANAGING DIRECTOR, FISH VET GROUP

He provided an update on the different types of gill disease, from Amoebic Gill Disease (AGD), which most companies know how to control, to Complex Gill Disease (CGD), the term the industry now uses when more than one gill disease is detected.

Gill disease is ‘dynamic’, Hamish said, changing all the time, and there are many knowledge gaps. Scientists have ‘good tools’ at their disposal, but don’t necessarily know how to use them to effectively control disease outbreaks.

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