Calls for greater transparency over ‘toxic’ new fish farm product

Environmental campaigners have written to the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) demanding more information about a new product for treating sea lice in salmon farms hailed by the Scottish government as ‘potentially groundbreaking’.

In a letter to SEPA last week, Scottish Salmon Watch called on the agency to disclose “basic information” relating to a product known as Ectosan or BMK08, which has been developed for use in conjunction with a water purification technique called CleanTreat.

The green group alleges that the product contains the neonicotinoid pesticide imidacloprid as its active ingredient, which is “very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects”, according to a listing on the US open chemistry database PubChem.

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