The High Level group established by my Department to examine issues relating to sea lice monitoring and control has met on a number of occasions. The Group is currently chaired by the Secretary General of the Department. It consists of representatives of the Department, the Marine Institute, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, the Central Fisheries Board, the Western Regional Fisheries Board and the Northern Regional Fisheries Board.
The Terms of Reference for the Group are "to review, in light of experience, the operation of systems and processes for controlling sea lice levels at marine finfish farms, to identify any necessary changes and set out an action plan with specific timeframes for implementation of such changes".
The next meeting of the Group is scheduled to take place on 30 November 2006, at which a draft interim report will be given initial examination.