2,500 New Jobs In Salmon by 2007 Forecasts SQS – Fishupdate.com

2,500 New Jobs In Salmon by 2007 Forecasts SQS Fish Farming Today Published:  02 May, 2002

Future opportunities in the salmon industry must not be missed says manifesto

GIVEN the right political and regulatory environment,leading industry body, Scottish Quality Salmon,is seeking to increase sales value from £300 million to £500 million with a doubling of exports to £300 million by 2007.

Revealing its five-year goals for Scottish salmon farming, SQS unveiled a manifesto today entitled ‘A Vision For Salmon Farming’, in which it forecasts that 2,500 new jobs could be created in the Scottish industry, reaching a total of 9,000; that the premium value earned by Scottish salmon will rise from £16 million to £40 million; that health benefits of oily fish can be encouraged by working with schools and local authorities to make salmon available on children’s menus; and that five new business start-ups will be achieved every year in rural Scotland as a direct result of salmon farming.

Though much of this growth will come from adding value to salmon in the form of salmon products, some production increases are forecast. Scottish Quality Salmon insists on sustainable development throughout the value chain, declaring that all members have independently assessed Environmental Management Systems in place by December this year, and that the sought after reduction in bureaucracy is achieved without endangering quality, excellence and rigour.

Citing Scotland’s position as a global leader in aquaculture, the manifesto concludes that “the salmon farming industry needs to see the political will to make sure that Scotland is not allowed to fall behind, or future opportunities to create hundreds of new rural jobs will be missed”.

There will an analysis of this manifesto in the July issue of Fish Farming Today.