Brokering a better Brexit deal

Port of Dover

Salmon Scotland Chief Executive Tavish Scott says the coming general election is an opportunity to reset the UK’s relationship with the EU and smooth the vital flow of trade The Brexit debate that so dominated our politics not so long ago has taken something of a backseat in the past couple of years. But many…

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The great masquerade

Fish farm salmon round nets in natural environment Loch Awe Arygll and Bute Scotland

Salmon Scotland Chief Executive Tavish Scott addresses the blurring of the lines between activism and journalism, and highlights the desperate tactics of anti-salmon campaigners Our sector has hundreds of brilliantly talented biologists, veterinarians, hatchery technicians and environmental scientists who deliver the highest standards of animal welfare anywhere in the world. The innovation that has developed…

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HPMAs: what’s next?

Proposals to bar all commercial activity from 10% of Scotland’s waters have been dropped. Where do we go from here? Sandy Neil finds out The decision, after all the debate, was hardly a surprise. Early in November, the Scottish Government’s Net Zero Secretary, Màiri McAllan MSP, knocked the plan for Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs)…

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Salmon continuing to boost Scottish economy

The Scottish aquaculture sector’s direct economic contribution is now approaching the half a billion pounds mark, a new Scottish government report has disclosed. And it is also continuing to create new employment opportunities. The government’s marine economy statistics for 2021 (published this week) says it has increased by 154% to £472 million over a decade,…

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Industry calls for ‘more efficient regulation’

Regulation of salmon farming in Scotland needs a new approach and less duplication, MSPs were told yesterday. The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee was meeting regulators and industry representatives to assess progress in the two years since a major report on fish farming by the Scottish Parliament came out in 2018. Tavish Scott,…

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Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation appoints new Chief Executive.

Tavish Scott, the former Scottish Government minister and Shetland MSP, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO). The trade body, which represents Scotland’s salmon producers, has moved quickly to fill the vacancy left by the departing Julie Hesketh-Laird, who leaves at the end of September. Mr Scott…

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Industry pays tribute to Tavish as he bows out of politics

THE Scottish salmon industry has paid tribute to one of its staunchest champions, Tavish Scott, as he stands down from frontline politics. The former Liberal Democrat leader and MSP for the Shetlands was elected to the first parliament 20 years ago and has long celebrated the impact of aquaculture in his constituency and beyond. During…

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Holyrood hears salmon farm defence

BIG landed interests have been attacking the salmon industry in Scotland for many years and their portrayal of the sector was unrecognisable, said Shetland MSP and former Liberal Democrat leader Tavish Scott. Speaking in a debate in the Scottish parliament today on the future of salmon farming, Scott said islands such as Unst and Yell…

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