Happy Christ­mas

Fish Farmer - - Contents - JENNY HJUL – ED­I­TOR

YOU wait all year for a re­port on salmon farm­ing and then two come along at once. While the in­dus­try in Scot­land was won­der­ing if Holy­rood’s Ru­ral Econ­omy and Con­nec­tiv­ity (REC) com­mit­tee would ever pub­lish the find­ings from its in­quiry, launched in 2017, SEPA (the Scot­tish En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency) came out with its re­view of the sec­tor. Now that the dust is set­tling on both, all in­volved in salmon farm­ing, in­clud­ing those in the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties where it takes place, will be look­ing for­ward to scru­ti­n­is­ing the pro­pos­als and en­sur­ing they en­cour­age much needed growth. SEPA has been con­duct­ing a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion around the coun­try, and the REC rec­om­men­da­tions will be the sub­ject of a par­lia­men­tary de­bate, ex­pected early in the New Year.

Although re­ac­tions are wide rang­ing, even within the in­dus­try (as you will see in this is­sue), there seems to be a will­ing­ness among pro­ducers and sup­pli­ers to em­brace changes that will en­able ex­pan­sion - sus­tain­ably, of course - so long as these do not cur­tail ex­ist­ing suc­cess­ful busi­ness op­er­a­tions.

For now, though, it’s time for a well earned rest. Ev­ery­one at Fish Farmer would like to thank our read­ers, ad­ver­tis­ers and con­trib­u­tors for con­tin­u­ing to sup­port the mag­a­zine, and we wish you all a very happy Christ­mas.

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