27th February 2020
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Environment minister in isles to hear from salmon industry

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Scottish environment minister Stewart Stevenson was in Shetland today to visit salmon and mussel farming sites and hold talks with industry leaders.

He was gathering feedback from aquaculture representatives ahead of the planned introduction this autumn of a controversial Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill. The industry in Shetland has already criticised the excessive red tape assoicated with the new legislation.

Mr Stevenson  visited sites off Wadbister and Laxfirth before undertaking a tour of Lerwick Fish Traders in Lerwick. The minister also met Michael Stark of Grieg Seafood Hjaltland and David Sandison of Shetland Aquaculture.  

During the visit he insisted the isles played a major part in the growing sector.

“Shetland has about 27 per cent of Scotland’s marine farming industry,” he said. “Conditions here are a bit different from elsewhere, with much more open water, which creates its own challenges, but means we produce a different quality of fish.

“I have been able to see the very substantial investment being made in what is a growing industry across Scotland, and an important local industry in Shetland.”

About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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