Shetland salmon farmers urged to take opportunity of consultation meeting –

Shetland salmon farmers urged to take opportunity of consultation meeting Published:  13 January, 2006

SHETLAND MSP Tavish Scott last night called on the salmon

farmers in the isles to take the opportunity of a consultation meeting on the planned Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill

The meeting, one of a series being held throughout Scotland, is being

hosted by the Scottish Executive’s aquaculture and fisheries bill team and will be held in the Lerwick Town Hall at 6pm, next Tuesday.

The bill proposes appointing a regulator to oversee the industry, covers proposals for parasite control, better containment of fish, fish farm relocation, fish movements, and also suggests the creation of discretionary powers to pay compensation for compulsory fish slaughter.

Mr Scott said: “The bill is a genuine attempt to introduce measures which should help to secure a sustainable future for fish farming.

“But, as with all such measures, the key issue is finding the right balance between the need to introduce controls to protect everyone’s interests and the need to avoid tying up an industry in red tape.

“The consultation meetings will allow those involved in the industry to speak face to face with the team who will draft the final bill. This is an opportunity which I would encourage fish farmers to take.”

The full consultation document can be found on the Scottish Executive’s website at is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish European Fish Trader, Fishing Monthly, Fish Farming Today, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.