Chief Veterinary Officer visits to salmon farms: EIR release

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004

Information requested

I would like to receive all records of Chief Veterinary Officer Sheila Voas’s visits in her capacity as Chair of Farmed Fish Health Framework to all salmon farms she has visited. She claims to have paid unannounced visits to salmon farms, I would like corroborated evidence of this please.

I would also like to receive the minutes of all meetings and records of any/all reports the FFHF has produced.


I attach a copy of most of the information you requested. The evidence you have requested to corroborate Sheila Voas’s unannounced fish farm visits, in her capacity as Chair of the Farmed Fish Health Framework Working Group (FFHF), can be found in the attached Annex A.

The minutes of meetings and reports the FFHF have held and produced up to 01 May 2019 are available on the Scottish Governments webpage and I have included a link to the site below for your convenience – Strategic Framework for Farmed Fish Health: formal output from the group

It is intended that the notes of the meetings held after 01 May 2019 will be published shortly on an updated webpage. However, I have included the documents yet to be published at Annex B.

Under The Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004, Section 10 (3) Exceptions, personnel data has been redacted and replaced with [Redacted R. 10 (3)].

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FOI 202200325943 - Information Released - Annex A and B


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