Charles’ fish­ery ad­vi­sor to chair sal­mon body

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

A NEW ‘sal­mon in­ter­ac­tions’ body that will bring to­gether the farmed and wild sal­mon sec­tors is to be chaired by Prince Charles’ ad­vi­sor on fish­eries, John Good­lad.

The group, an­nounced by ru­ral econ­omy min­is­ter Fer­gus Ewing last month at the Aqua­cul­ture UK show in Aviemore as part of Scot­land’s Farmed Fish Health Frame­work, will in­clude rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both sides of the sal­mon de­bate.

Good­lad, as fish­eries ad­vi­sor to Prince Charles’ In­ter­na­tional Sus­tain­abil­ity Unit, has been chair­ing high level talks be­tween sal­mon farm­ing com­pa­nies and the angling lobby for al­most two years.

The new sal­mon in­ter­ac­tions group, jointly es­tab­lished by Ewing and en­vi­ron­ment sec­re­tary Roseanna Cun­ning­ham, will fo­cus on the de­cline of wild stocks, which have fallen on both the east and west coasts of Scot­land.

Good­lad was the voice of the Shet­land fish­ing in­dus­try for many years as CEO of the Shet­land Fish­er­men’s

As­so­ci­a­tion. He has also been a fish farmer, cur­rently chairs two fish­eries bod­ies – Fish­eries In­no­va­tion Scot­land and the Scot­tish Pelagic Sus­tain­abil­ity Group.

Ewing praised Good­lad, say­ing he would bring ‘a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence’ to the role. The aim was to ‘en­sure a sus­tain­able and thriv­ing fu­ture for both farmed and wild sal­mon’.

Good­lad said: ‘I al­ready know that both sec­tors will be en­gag­ing with the process in a pos­i­tive and en­abling man­ner.’

Julie Hes­kethLaird, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Scot­tish Sal­mon Pro­duc­ers’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion, said: ‘John’s ex­pe­ri­ence in the fish­eries sec­tor will un­doubt­edly bring valu­able guid­ance when con­sid­er­ing the com­plex and var­ied pres­sures on wild salmonid pop­u­la­tions.’

Dr Alan Wells, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Fish­eries Man­age­ment Scot­land, said: ‘The need to make sub­stan­tive progress on ad­dress­ing in­ter­ac­tions be­tween farmed and wild fish has been ap­par­ent through­out the re­cent com­mit­tee in­quiries.’

Above: John Good­lad

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