A CONSULTATION on a Renewed Strategic Framework for Scottish Aquaculture was launched by environment minister Michael Russell this week.
Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) secretary and Shetland Aquaculture general manager David Sandison hailed it as an extremely positive commitment by the Scottish Government to see a profitable and sustainable aquaculture industry.
Mr Sandison said he hoped the new vision would benefit fish farmers and other rural businesses that are reliant on the aquaculture industry, which is worth £4million per annum.
He said: “Improving competitiveness and good governance in the industry will encourage further investment, which is key to enhancing environmental sustainability and delivering greater social and economic rewards.
“As worldwide demand for sustainable seafood from aquaculture is increasing, this new vision will help to promote the sector as a long-term viable business.”
Since the launch of the original framework in 2003, Mr Sandison said, there had been many achievements, including the delivery of the industry Code of Good Practice, the establishment of the Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum and improved environmental modelling systems.