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S&TA expose government U turn

Nov 29th, 2010 | By editor | Category: Commercial

The Salmon and Trout Association (S&TA) has exposed a Scottish government policy u-turn undertaken following pressure of legal action from the salmon farming industry.

According to S&TA in March Marine Scotland informed the industry that it would be publishing details online of certain inspection reports on salmon farms relating in particular to sea lice infestations and fish escapes, carried out under the terms of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act - given a ruling by the Scottish Information Commissioner that such information should be in the public domain.

The Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO), responded threatening Marine Scotland with legal action if any company’s business was "compromised" as a consequence. In October Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham confirmed that no audits or inspections of fish farms had taken place since March 2010.

Paul Knight, S&TA CEO, expressed that this saga gives the lie to Scottish Government’s contention that the salmon farming industry is properly and effectively regulated. The industry raises questions about the credibility of Scottish Government’s aquaculture policy and, indeed, its commitment to protecting wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout, two of Scotland’s iconic natural resources.

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