Fo­cus on growth at Stir­ling event

Progress so far has been ‘re­mark­able’ says in­dus­try leader

Fish Farmer - - Aquaculture UK -

THE progress made by the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try to­wards its 2030 vi­sion for growth has been ‘re­mark­able’ so far, ac­cord­ing to Ste­wart Gra­ham, one of the driv­ing forces be­hind the strat­egy. Ad­dress­ing the open­ing of the Aqua­cul­ture UK con­fer­ence held at he was sur­prised by how far the new In­dus­try Lead­er­ship Group had come in ad­vanc­ing the sec­tor’s pro­pos­als, pub­lished last au­tumn.

the strat­egy had moved from ‘no for­ward vis­i­bil­ity of where the in­dus­try


would be im­ple­mented suc­cess­fully.

He re­vealed that one of the cat­a­lysts for change had been an en­counter econ­omy.

He then wrote to her, ask­ing not for money at min­is­te­rial level, with a suit­able min­is­ter in ‘piv­otal’ in main­tain­ing the rate of progress, said Gra­ham.

the way oc­ca­sion­ally!’

But they lacked a lead­er­ship fo­rum and so er group be­yond the pro­duc­ers. Gra­ham said ev­ery­body in the sec­tor, not just the ILG, could be do­ing some­thing to make sure the vi­sion

‘My vi­sion is that farmed seafood will grow ries of the ru­ral High­lands and is­lands in the last cess­ful in­dus­tries Scot­land has ever pro­duced.’

To en­able that suc­cess, aqua­cul­ture will need

breed­ing tech­nolo­gies.

the sub­ject of the next ses­sion, with talks from

Day one ended with in­sights from in­vestors,

Mar­tyn Haines on day two, and fea­tured views from both the sup­ply and de­mand sides.

present re­marked, re­cruit­ment in ru­ral ar­eas it­self..

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