Film shows local benefits of salmon farming

THE Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) launched a promotional film in the Scottish parliament last night to give MSPs an insight into the role of salmon farming in rural communities.
At a reception sponsored by the SSPO and attended by industry leaders and politicians, including Rural Economy minister Fergus Ewing, Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of the SSPO, said it is up to local communities to show how important salmon farming is to them.
The opening credits of the video reflect the views of many in the Scottish Highlands and islands that, without salmon farming, local communities ‘wouldn’t have jobs’, ‘the lifestyle we enjoy’, ‘the support for local activities’, and ‘the business opportunities’.
Last year, salmon farming supported local causes to the value of £735,000. The Oban pipe band, the Mull Community bus, the Cubs in Argyll, Scottish shinty, the Orkney foodbank,and Scourie Community Hall are featured in the film.
As well as sports, theatre, music and community projects, salmon farming also supports mountain rescue volunteers and fire-fighting.
‘Salmon farming is a busy, complex business but we shouldn’t forget to acknowledge how committed companies are to supporting their staff in rural communities and the activities that are important to them,’ said Landsburgh (pictured).
The film can be viewed at http://scottishsalmon.co.uk/salmon-farming-supports-local-communities/