Fair hear­ing

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THE salmon farm­ing sec­tor in Scotland, when told it was to be the sub­ject of a par­lia­men­tary in­quiry, em­braced the op­por­tu­nity this would pro­vide to ex­plain how it op­er­ated. The in­dus­try had noth­ing to hide and, if given a fair hear­ing, could ad­dress much of the crit­i­cism lev­elled against it.

Fish Farmer sup­ported this view, but at times felt that salmon farm­ers were be­ing drowned out by the nois­ier ele­ments of the angling lobby, which had called for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. But as the ses­sions pro­gressed, and even­tu­ally farm­ers’ voices were heard, we be­came more op­ti­mistic. We now be­lieve that MSPs, per­haps with the ex­cep­tion of one or two Greens in ca­hoots with anti-farm­ing cam­paign­ers, will, on bal­ance, re­gard the in­dus­try in a favourable light. They will hope­fully see that farm­ers take their en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties se­ri­ously and that busi­nesses will only ever in­vest in growth that is sus­tain­able.

If the com­mit­tee mem­bers, es­pe­cially those who have yet to visit a salmon farm, would like to learn more about the sub­ject of their in­quiry, we have plenty of good sto­ries in our May is­sue. Even bet­ter, they could head to the High­lands later this month, where they will meet the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try en masse at Scotland’s big­gest fish farm­ing show.

We will cer­tainly be at Aqua­cul­ture UK in Aviemore and look for­ward to see­ing many of you there too.


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