I WAS very disappointed to read “Flesh eating lice spread by fish farms kill 39 per cent of wild salmon” (your report, 7 November), as the implication that the primary origin of sea lice on wild fish comes from fish farms simply does not stand up.
This is not substantiated by the paper published on Tuesday (7 November) in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B journal or the various other compelling scientific surveys on the same subject.
It is well understood by major international organisations, such as the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, and major international projects such as Salsea (the International Atlantic Salmon Research Board), that the largest problems for the survival of wild salmon are the conditions at sea, such as climate change, warming of seas and the moving of feeding grounds.
This is where further research should be undertaken.
Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation