SSPO says it best serves Scottish salmon farming industry – Fishupdate.com

SSPO says it best serves Scottish salmon farming industry Published:  15 February, 2006

THE Chief Executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO), Sid Patten has said it is best placed to serve the Scottish salmon farming industry.

An independent review of the Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) published last week backed the overall direction the authority is taking. However, it recommended that the authority’s levy should be applied to salmon and migratory trout.

Seafish welcomed the Review recommendation, but said it recognises such a change will require endorsement from these sectors.

Commenting on the review, Mr Patten said the overwhelming view of the salmon farming industry in Scotland is that it is best served by an organisation dedicated to safeguarding its long-term future.

“We have already worked together with Seafish on a couple of mutually beneficial projects and we fully appreciate that there are opportunities for even closer co-operation. We have had discussions to this end, which we look forward to progressing as and when appropriate,” he said.

“However, the specialist needs of the salmon farming industry are much better served by an organisation, closely directed by industry, which has appropriate expertise across its political, technical and communications remits.”

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