Bute MSP backs rethink over Loch Fad

Loch Fad has been closed to all local and visiting anglers since August 2013 in order to contain an outbreak of the freshwater louse Argulus foliaceus.
Loch Fad has been closed to all local and visiting anglers since August 2013 in order to contain an outbreak of the freshwater louse Argulus foliaceus.

Bute’s MSP says he has not given up hope of securing government support to help eradicate a marine lice infestation at Loch Fad.

David Smart from Highlands and Islands Enterprise wrote to Mr Poole on September 29 to say that Marine Scotland, the Scottish Government’s marine directorate, did not believe the problem was serious enough to warrant investigation, and that HIE could not, therefore, give financial support to a research project, backed by the University of Stirling, aimed at eradicating the problem.

Mr Russell said in response: “I have been working with Jimmy for many months and I am disappointed at the stance taken by Marine Scotland. In my view it is important that they support this work and I will be going back to Richard Lochhead to argue the case again.

“The elimination of the lice is a very complex and difficult task and it will not be easy for this to be taken forward but I want to go on supporting Jimmy in that aim.”

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