Charles’ fishery advisor to chair salmon body
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