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PRESS RELEASE

2 March 2012
Embargo: For Immediate Release

SCDI RAISES CONCERNS OVER PROPOSED ADDITIONAL BURDENS ON SCOTLAND'S SALMON INDUSTRY

The Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) has raised concerns over proposed unnecessary additional burdens on the Scottish Salmon Industry, which will threaten its sustainable growth and international success.

The Scottish Government consultation proposed a range of new ministerial powers which SCDI fear may increase costs, make it more difficult to recruit staff and hamper the growth of the sector.

Following the submission to the Scottish Government’s Aquaculture & Fisheries Consultation which closed on Friday, SCDI's response highlights Scotland's position as the largest aquaculture producer in the EU and the economic importance of Salmon as Scotland’s largest food export.

Commenting following the submission, SCDI’s Highlands & Islands Manager, Fraser Grieve said:

“Scotland’s salmon industry is one of our export success stories, breaking into the Chinese market for the first time last year, and supports more than 6,000 jobs across the country. The Scottish Government should ensure that its policies support the sustainable development of the salmon sector and avoid new regulations that could damage the industry.

“The aquaculture industry is a vital investor and private sector employer to many of our most fragile rural communities and we look forward to working with the Scottish Government to maximise the important economic role the industry plays.

“I hope Ministers will look to engage with the sector and SCDI would be happy to work with them to ensure that their objectives, and the industries concerns, are fully understood.”

 

 


Notes to editors

SCDI’s submission can be found at: http://www.scdi.org.uk/pi/2012/SCDI_response_to_Aquaculture_&_Fisheries_Consultation.pdf

SCDI is Scotland's leading independent economic development organisation representing 1,200 companies, SMEs, public sector bodies, charities, trade unions and faith groups.

For further information, please contact Fraser Grieve, SCDI Highlands & Islands Manager on 07747 444261.


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