In­quir­ing minds

Fish Farmer - - Contents -

IN this is­sue we fo­cus on the train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion of the next gen­er­a­tion of aqua­cul­ture pro­fes­sion­als, look­ing at the cur­rent pro­vi­sion of cour­ses and what skills might be needed in the fu­ture. What is clear is the high cal­i­bre of en­trants, ei­ther tak­ing their first steps in the in­dus­try or em­brac­ing cut­ting edge re­search in our renowned aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions.

Those who re­main based in Scot­land will be at the fore­front of any changes to the way the sec­tor op­er­ates here, and there­fore it is cru­cial that to­day’s lead­ers safe­guard the in­dus­try on their be­half. This should be straight­for­ward, given the value of aqua­cul­ture to the Scot­tish econ­omy and its role as a ma­jor ru­ral em­ployer.

But as a sec­ond par­lia­men­tary in­quiry into salmon farm­ing gets un­der­way this month, we are re­minded that there is strong op­po­si­tion not just to the growth but the ex­is­tence of aqua­cul­ture. There will be no pla­cat­ing the vo­cal mi­nor­ity who be­lieve fish should not be reared in the sea, but we do urge all politi­cians now in­ves­ti­gat­ing Scot­land’s salmon pro­duc­tion to do so with open minds.

We ask that they take up in­vi­ta­tions to visit farms, find out for them­selves how they work, and talk to farm­ers, in­stead of re­ly­ing on sec­ond hand pro­pa­ganda. Hope­fully, they will then be suit­ably in­formed when mak­ing pro­nounce­ments that could af­fect our young peo­ple’s prospects.


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