IT will be business as usual, at least in the short term, for the aquaculture industry in the aftermath of yesterday’s unexpected EU referendum result, which saw Britons voting 51.9 per cent against 48.1 per cent to pull out of Europe.
Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation said: ‘Salmon farming will continue business as usual and is confident that, as Scotland’s number one food export, Scottish salmon will continue to consolidate its commercial success in the coming months and in the long term, with the accompanying benefit to our national economy and to the rural communities where the industry operates.
‘This confidence comes from the fact that we produce a world class, premium product.
‘Europe is an important market representing around 40 per cent of our export tonnage, but we export to more than 60 countries including the USA and Far East.’
Nick Joy, co-founder and former managing director of Loch Duart, said he backed the Leave campaign but was surprised by the result.
‘This is a significant decision but it is not one that offers salvation or damnation. We will not all burn in the flames of hell for deciding to leave Europe,’ said Joy.
‘This vote has been about those who believe in integration against all odds versus those who prefer self-determination.
‘The cautious money will wait to see if the UK negotiates its way out of this and, just as importantly, what the EU does now it has lost one of the strongest economies in it.
‘But what will the smart money do? A forward looking confident UK might just surge ahead and stay as the fifth largest economy in the world and thus might actually become a huge success story
‘There will be hardship, there will be good times but one thing is for certain, anyone who says they know this is wrong or right, is wrong themselves. Nothing of this magnitude is ever simple.’