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. […] Continue Reading

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 […] Continue Reading

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 […] Continue Reading

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 […] Continue Reading


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 […] Continue Reading


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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 […] Continue Reading

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 […] Continue Reading

Stemming the tide

I recently participated in the Seafood Matters meeting held at Stirling University and co-hosted by Lancaster University and the University of Aberdeen. I was specifically asked to answer the following […] Continue Reading

Message in a box

Tucked away in the corner of one of the bigger barns at Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Show was a three-metre cube with three simple words on it: “Scottish Salmon Experience.” It […] Continue Reading

A new take on FIFO

A recent study from researchers at three UK universities (Cambridge, Lancaster and Liverpool) and the NGO Feedback Global argued that humans should be consuming small pelagic fish like sardines and […] Continue Reading


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