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REC Committee - Salmon Farming in Scotland Inquiry

The Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) Committee has agreed to conduct an inquiry into salmon farming in Scotland. The inquiry aims to consider the current state of salmon industry in Scotland, identify opportunities for its future development and explore how the various fish health and environmental challengers it currently faces can be addressed. A SPICe briefing on Salmon Farming in Scotland was published on 13 February 2018 and is available here.

Earlier this week the Committee took evidence from the following environmental organisations: Scottish Environment LINK, Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland, Fisheries Management Scotland and Lochaber District Salmon Fishery Board. Discussions centered around the suggestion that the salmon farming industry should move to closed containment in the medium to long term, something which was said would help both solved the industry’s problems with disease and mortality and protect wild fish from sea lice released from fish farms. Furthermore Fisheries Management Scotland also stated that many of the positive principles the angling industry were looking to deliver already sit within the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification scheme and that these principles should be what we see a new regulatory system.

Further information on the inquiry can be found on the Scottish Parliament website 


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