Bid to cut salmon escapes continues –

Bid to cut salmon escapes continues Published:  20 September, 2007

Sid Patten

IN a move to reassure wild fishery interests following a recent escape of 30,000 farmed salmon, the Scottish salmon sector has said that effective containment remains a priority.

Earlier this week, it emerged that Scotland’s wild fish interests intend to make a formal complaint to the European Commission following a “succession” of escapes.

Commenting, Sid Patten, Chief Executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation said: “The industry is making huge efforts to improve containment standards of fish, which, after all, represent our most valuable asset.

“Clearly, given some of the recent comments on this issue, it is a very emotive subject in some quarters. But predictions must be made on robust science, not supposition.

“There appears to be consensus that the decline of wild fish is multi-factorial, with issues such as climate change having an impact. We are eager to work with our wild fish colleagues to determine the extent of all potential impacts.” is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.