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Salmon Farming : Towards an Integrated Pest Management Strategy for Sea Lice

The problems and issues of sea lice infection of farmed salmon, a major threat to industry and the environment, are a cause for major concern to the Scottish Aquacultural business.  An major conference confronting these problems, Salmon farming: towards an Integrated Pest Management strategy for Sea Lice is to be held from 18-19 June 2001 at the Department of Zoology, University of Aberdeen, UK, organised by SCI.

This exciting international meeting will address the issues facing salmon farming industry in sea lice control.  It will bring together viewpoints from all sides - industry, science, environmental protection agencies, and fishermen - to present the facts regarding sea lice infections and debate the best way forward for sustainable practices in their control.

The conference will cover three sessions: The Science Base of Sea Louse Control; Epidemiology and Modelling; and Management Systems.  Speakers from both the academic and commercial sector will bring together their knowledge and expertise to provide an overview of the science base from which new control strategies will be implemented.

Speakers from both the Scottish and international arenas will share ideas and best practice for speakers and delegates from across the world.  Presentations will include Jennifer Mordue, University of Aberdeen and SCI Scotland Chairman talking on Semiochemical Approaches to Sealouse Control; Gordon Rae of Scottish Quality Salmon, Perth giving an overview of Sealouse Control Past and Present and James Butler of Wester Ross Fisheries Trust, Dundonnell speaking on Wild Fisheries and Sealouse Control.


1.  Established in London in 1881 and in New York in 1894, SCI is a worldwide interdisciplinary membership organisation, embracing diverse branches of science and sectors of science-related business. With members in over 70 countries, SCI exists to improve the exchange of information and understanding between researchers, industrialists, consumers, financiers and academics.  SCI is concerned with the application of science for the public benefit. Its expertise and impartiality attracts men and women from all levels of business, research and public life, providing them with access to specialist meetings and symposia, journals, email discussion forums, prestigious awards, student prizes and scholarships, books, and the respected twice-monthly magazine, Chemistry & Industry

2.  Integrated Pest Management is the use of all available strategies to reduce pest populations to below economic threshold levels whilst taking into account the needs of the industry, the consumer and the environment.

3. The SCI Scotland Section was launched in June 2000 but SCI has had a presence in Scotland since 1884. Partly stimulated by the constitutional and political changes linked to the election of the first Scottish Parliament for 300 years, SCI decided to reassess its structure in Scotland. Some of the country’s most innovative industrialists and academics have been contributing to SCI for over a century. Their groundwork will help members of SCI in Scotland take a higher profile with the devolved Government, with other relevant agencies and with the wider public.


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