Salmon trade association visits Western Isles – Fishupdate.com

Salmon trade association visits Western Isles Published:  09 October, 2006

THE Western Isles is hosting a visit from the Chief Executive and Chairman of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) this week.

During a two-day trip today and tomorrow, Sid Patten and Michael Gibson CBE are visiting salmon farms in Benbecula and Lewis, viewing processing facilities, and meeting with representatives from salmon farming companies, Western Isles Enterprise and Western Isles Council.

Commenting on the visit, Sid Patten said: “Mike and I are delighted to be visiting the Western Isles as the islands are a major producer of Scottish farmed salmon with a deserved reputation for producing high quality, healthy fish in a pristine environment.

“During our visit, we want to ensure that this vital industry receives true recognition for its contribution to the social, economic and nutritional wellbeing of the islands. We are also here to assess the mood within the industry and its stakeholders, as I recognise that the last few years has seen a period of uncertainty for many companies and employees.

“I have been encouraged by the improving market conditions: the long-overdue fair price for the farmer and the ever-increasing consumer demand for salmon products, as the sustained increase in demand provides huge benefits to the local economies in the Western Isles.

“With the potential for salmon remaining enormous, I want to ensure that the Western Isles has the ability to grasp these opportunities,” he concluded.

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