SSPO chair brings export expertise
THE Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) has named Anne MacColl as its new chair, taking over from Professor Phil Thomas. MacColl, former chief executive of Scottish Development International (SDI), has been working with the University of Stirling as associate director within the research and enterprise team, with a focus on international business development, aquaculture, innovation and entrepreneurship.
She said: ‘When the opportunity arose to become chair of the SSPO, which has helped farmed salmon become Scotland’s number one food export, I was delighted to become involved. I hope I can bring some of my international trade and investment experience to further the industry’s development.’ SCOTTISH salmon farmer Loch Duart claims to have made a breakthrough in improving fish welfare by introducing distractions such as ball games into hatcheries.
Young salmon have been observed nipping the fins of other salmon and, uncontrolled, the damage can have a long-term effect on the health and quality of the fish.
The hatchery team in Sutherland, led by David Roadknight, put strips of tarpaulin in the water, giving fish a place to hide from ‘bully fish’, and strings of coloured balls for the salmon to play with.
The team said it is already clear Loch Duart’s Hugh Ross holds up the devices
that the balls have changed the swim patterns in tanks and dorsal fin quality seems to be improved.