SNP manifesto calls for new deal with EU

The Scottish National Party is calling in its manifesto for a renegotiation of the UK’s trade deal with Europe and a “bespoke” work visa scheme to help employers in Scotland recruit from overseas. As widely flagged in advance, the party’s manifesto places its call for Scottish independence on the first page, and says that the…

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Scotland’s salmon exports hit five-year high

salmon fillets on production line

Scottish salmon exports in the first four months of this year were up more than a third by value, according to HMRC figures. The data, analysed by industry body Salmon Scotland, shows that the value of salmon exports was up by £65m to £250m, a 36% increase on the same period last year.

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Fish health chief says sea lice control has improved

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Action to control sea lice numbers on Scottish fish farms has been successful, partly driven by the new requirement to report lice numbers on a weekly basis.
That is the verdict of Charles Allan, group leader of the Scottish Government’s Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI), in the evidence he gave to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Islands (RAI) Committee.

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