Worth the wait?

Fish Farmer - - Contents – Editor’s Welcome - www.fish­farmer-mag­a­zine.com www.fishup­date.com JENNY HJUL – ED­I­TOR

WE had hoped to bring you news of the long awaited Holy­rood re­port into salmon farm­ing in this is­sue, but there was still no white smoke from the Ru­ral Econ­omy and Con­nec­tiv­ity (REC) com­mit­tee at the time of go­ing to press. Our ef­forts to dis­cover what progress had been made were met with lit­tle en­light­en­ment from the par­lia­ment and no an­swer at all from the com­mi­tee con­vener, Sir Ed­ward Moun­tain. But we trust that the months of ‘in pri­vate’ de­lib­er­a­tions are so pro­tracted be­cause the com­mit­tee wants to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble tem­plate for the sus­tain­able growth of Scot­land’s valu­able salmon in­dus­try.

We were re­minded just how valu­able this is with the pub­li­ca­tion in Oc­to­ber of the an­nual pro­duc­tion sur­vey. This showed that Scot­land pro­duced a record vol­ume of al­most 190,000 tonnes last year, and the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try was val­ued at more than £1 bil­lion to the Scot­tish econ­omy. On top of this, as Marine Har­vest sea­wa­ter area man­ager Sean An­der­son writes for this month’s In­dus­try Plat­form, salmon farm­ing re­mains one of the most ef­fi­cient food pro­duc­tion sys­tems, with a much smaller im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment than other farmed pro­tein.

Fi­nally, I’m sure the in­dus­try will want to join the team at Fish Farmer in wish­ing the es­teemed sci­en­tist, and our cher­ished ed­i­to­rial board mem­ber, Pa­trick Smith, a speedy re­cov­ery fol­low­ing a spell of poor health.

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