Brexit evolves

If Brexit is a process, rather than an event, where does it need to go next? Salmon Scotland’s Hamish Macdonell considers what the way forward is for the UK’s seafood industry as the country’s relationship with the European Union continues to be a matter of negotiation. Read his article on page 26 of December’s Fish…

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Yule love this salmon

Christmas has always been the peak time for selling salmon even though increased availability throughout the year has meant the peak is no longer as great as it used to be. But will the supermarkets ever return to the “value-added” products that used to be a big feature in the marketing of salmon? Dr Martin…

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Valuable lessons

I’m sure you can imagine the scene: a school canteen at lunchtime, it is loud, it is busy, there is good-natured pushing and shoving while teachers try to keep order. When the students get to the front, there is something new on the menu. This week it is salmon and spicy noodles; next week it…

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Times past

I hope you will allow the intrusion of the personal this month. You see, my dear old Mum finally made it over the threshold into the next world. She died in August and we have just passed the thanksgiving, and all of the kind people telling us about how amazing she was. The truth is…

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The Fisher King

As we leave the Elizabethan age and Prince Charles ascends the throne as King Charles III, the press has speculated whether our new king will continue to champion his environmental agenda or whether he  will now take a back seat. According to the BBC News, his friends say that he will not cool on environmental…

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SIFTing the facts

There is a new worrying trend beginning to appear in the world of science and especially in the science relating to salmon farming. The Sunday Post recently highlighted a new scientific paper detailing carbon emissions produced by the salmon farming sector in Scotland. The research was undertaken at the School of Geosciences at Edinburgh University.…

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Accountability

In last month’s edition of Fish Farmer, you will have seen a report on the serious decline of wild salmon, not just on the West Coast of Scotland as it was previously mooted. I describe it that way because there are too many statistics challenging the notion that the coasts are fundamentally different. There never…

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A new Prime Minister

As a lobbyist, it is always worth taking victories – however small – where you can get them. So, with all the turmoil that is to come in her Premiership, it is worth remembering that we now have a Prime Minister who knows about salmon farming. Liz Truss not only visited the main processing plant…

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Selective science

Readers of my reLAKSation blog will know that I have repeatedly referred to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy committee meeting of 18 November 2020 in which SEPA’s Head of Ecology said that sea lice from salmon farms are not responsible for the decline of wild fish. I keep mentioning this because the wild fish sector…

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Home truths

Sometimes you can just see it when the penny drops. I was with an MSP on an island salmon farm not so long ago. The MSP – it would be unfair to name them – had listened politely to all the talk about salmon farming health and welfare, rearing and harvesting without really engaging. But…

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