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Col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach to growth dis­cussed at meet­ing of in­ter­na­tional salmon groups

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SC TLA D S salmon sec­tor will col­lab­o­rate with its in­ter­na­tional coun­ter­parts to ad­dress ob­sta­cles to growth, the Sco sh Salmon Pro­duc­ers rgan­i­sa­tion s Scott Lands­burgh said, ol­low­ing a meet­ing in Nor­way re­cently. The nter­na­tional Salmon Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion ( SFA) con­vened in Trond­heim last month dur­ing the A ua or ex­hi­bi­tion the fi­nal time the SSP will be rep­re­sented at this gath­er­ing by Lands­burgh, who re­tires at the end o the year.

He has wit­nessed many changes in the in­dus­try dur­ing his ten­ure and stands down amid hugely pos­i­tive Sco sh salmon ex­port fig­ures.

He con­cedes, how­ever, that many chal­lenges re­main or the in­dus­try which will en­tail even greater, aster trans or­ma­tion in the com­ing years.

Re ect­ing on the meet­ing, and on the chal­lenges and is­sues dis­cussed with his col­leagues rom around the world, Lands­burgh said At every meet­ing o SFA, each coun­try presents an over­view o its as­pi­ra­tions and chal­lenges. t is in­ter­est­ing to note that every coun­try arm­ing At­lantic salmon has a plan to at least dou­ble its pro­duc­tion but is be­ing held back by a per­cep­tion that its ap­proach to en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity has to demon­strate im­prove­ment.

He went on to express his eel­ings o amil­iar­ity with the dis­cus­sion due to a very sim­i­lar per­cep­tion run­ning in Scot­land in re­cent years which has ocused on our abil­ity to man­age and con­trol our sea lice bur­den .

Lands­burgh said he came away rom the meet­ing with a sense that, on this spe­cific is­sue, all ju­ris­dic­tions are in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion and there ore need to col­lab­o­rate on an in­ter­na­tional scale to ac­cess the op­ti­mum man­age­ment tools.

SFA brings to­gether the ma­jor salmon pro­duc­ing coun­tries and re­gions via their re­spec­tive trade as­so­ci­a­tions to dis­cuss is­sues ac­ing the salmon in­dus­try across the globe. The Trond­heim meet­ing cov­ered a num­ber o other top­ics, in­clud­ing the thorny is­sue o the re­cent Marine Mam­mal Pro­tec­tion Act in the S.

The nited States is Scot­land s largest ex­port mar­ket and any­thing that could po­ten­tially cre­ate a bar­rier to en­try is clearly o se­ri­ous con­cern.

The SSP is work­ing with the Sco sh gov­ern­ment and the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion to es­tab­lish ex­actly what has to be done to en­sure Sco sh salmon com­plies with the rules as stated in the Act.

As things stand, there is a con­cern that this im­plies the man­age­ment and con­trol o seal at­tacks by fish arm­ers could be deemed con­trary to the leg­is­la­tion and there ore clar­i­fi­ca­tion is ur­gently re uired.

SFA has a par­tic­u­lar role to play as the mem­ber rom the Maine A ua­cul­ture As­so­ci­a­tion is well con­nected in the Wash­ing­ton DC lobby, and is there ore an ad­di­tional av­enue or the SSP to use to es­tab­lish the de­fin­i­tive le­gal po­si­tion.

A dra report rom SFA en­ti­tled Salmon Farm­ing Sus­tain­ing Com­mu­ni­ties and Feed­ing the World was pub­lished in ad­vance o the meet­ing and also pro­vided a ocus or dis­cus­sions.

n it, key themes such as global pop­u­la­tion growth and the need to cater or this growth with af­ford­able, healthy pro­tein sources were high­lighted and ex­plained in de­tail.

The in­dus­try points to pre­dic­tions made by the that there will be a global sea ood short­age o 50-80 mil­lion tonnes by 2030 and that the world ood sup­ply needs to dou­ble by 2050.

The meet­ing, and A ua or, took place against the back­drop o a num­ber o im­por­tant events af­fect­ing the salmon in­dus­try, at home and abroad.

En­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tors al­ways a po­ten­tial con­cern or salmon arm­ers con­tinue to plague parts o the global sec­tor. n Chile, or ex­am­ple, al­gal blooms ham­pered pro­duc­tion and, con­se­quently, ex­ports.

To some ex­tent, Chile s mis or­tune is Scot­land s gain. Record ex­port fig­ures both in vol­ume and value are in part due to its po­si­tion as an al­ter­na­tive to Chilean and other armed salmon. How­ever, the suc­cess is driven by a com­bi­na­tion o ac­tors.

The de­val­u­a­tion o ster­ling in the wake o the Brexit re­sult has helped the com­pet­i­tive­ness o ood ex­ports rom the . Ad­di­tion­ally, Sco sh salmon arms man­aged to over­come en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges them­selves in 2016, hav­ing seen these limit their ex­port­ing abil­ity in 2015.

And, above all, a grow­ing aware­ness and recog­ni­tion in both emerg­ing and es­tab­lished mar­kets that Sco sh salmon rep­re­sents a uni ue, high qual­ity prod­uct has helped to push the ex­port fig­ures sig­nif­i­cantly higher.

The next SFA meet­ing will take place next year with a new SSP chie ex­ec­u­tive at the helm. For his part, Lands­burgh looks back on an even ul nine years lead­ing the Sco sh or­gan­i­sa­tion.

As an in­dus­try, we have aced chal­lenges in many ar­eas and rom many an­gles. ot a week goes by with­out an is­sue that re­quires in-depth anal­y­sis and care ully con­sid­ered re­sponses.

But we are proud o our suc­cess, our no­table achieve­ments and what we are able to give back in terms o de­vel­op­ing our com­mu­ni­ties and our econ­omy. This makes the chal­lenges we ace worth­while.’

“Every coun­try arm­ing At­lantic salmon has a plan to at least dou­ble its pro­duc­tion but is be­ing back” held

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