Lead­ing salmon na­tions agree to work closer

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SCOT­LAND will work with other lead­ing salmon pro­duc­ing na­tions to grow the aqua­cul­ture sec­tor sus­tain­ably.

Scot­tish en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Aileen McLeod met with fish­eries min­is­ters from Canada, Chile and Nor­way ahead of the Aqua Nor show in Trond­heim last month.

A joint state­ment signed by Nor­we­gian fish­eries min­is­ter Elisabeth As­paker, Raul Su­nico Gal­dames of Chile, Canada’s Matthew King and McLeod set out the long-term de­vel­op­ment of the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try.

The min­is­ters agreed to: pro­mote the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of aqua­cul­ture through ef­fec­tive en­gage­ment of the par­tic­i­pants’ reg­u­la­tory ad­min­is­tra­tions and agen­cies; en­cour­age bi­lat­eral and mul­ti­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion at ad­min­is­tra­tive, and where pos­si­ble, po­lit­i­cal lev­els; ex­change in­for­ma­tion, knowl­edge, and ex­pe­ri­ences rel­e­vant to the var­i­ous as­pects of aqua­cul­ture man­age­ment on a reg­u­lar ba­sis; and sup­port the mu­tual recog­ni­tion and adop­tion of ef­fec­tive man­age­ment tools to fur­ther pro­mote sus­tain­able aqua­cul­ture de­vel­op­ment.

All four min­is­ters are strongly com­mit­ted to grow­ing the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try in an en­vi­ron­men­tally, so­cially and eco­nom­i­cally sus­tain­able way.

McLeod said: ‘This joint state­ment is good news for the fu­ture sus­tain­able growth and de­vel­op­ment of Scot­land’s aqua­cul­ture sec­tor, which is worth over £1.75 bil­lion to our econ­omy an­nu­ally and sup­ports 8,000 jobs across the sup­ply chain and sup­ports in­ter­na­tional goals on food se­cu­rity, eco­nomic growth and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity.

‘I look for­ward to shar­ing the suc­cesses and learn­ing from the chal­lenges that all our coun­tries have ex­pe­ri­enced as we look to grow sus­tain­ably.

‘This will also be an op­por­tu­nity to show­case our thriv­ing aqua­cul­ture and ser­vice sec­tor and our plans to grow the in­dus­try – through in­no­va­tion and new tech­nolo­gies - to a turnover of over £2 bil­lion to the Scot­tish econ­omy ev­ery year and sup­port 10,000 jobs an­nu­ally by 2020.’

Above: Salmon could sup­port 10,000 jobs by 2020

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