Bonamia ostreae

The Scottish Government’s latest release on the health status of fish and shellfish diseases in Scotland is most impressive with only one out of sixteen possible infections not declared free:

Bonamie ostrae, in oysters, is present in four areas:

TuSC Fish Correspondent, Professor Alex Salmon and his Research Assistant Nicola Sturgeon [16] have investigated the infestation and traced it back to mass outbreaks in 2012, in England.

According to Salmon, Tory cuts to fish inspection in 2010 allowed the infestation to spread quickly from the south doubling the number of cases by 2020. The only solution, he argues, is a huge net right across the Irish and North seas.