At the inaugural meeting of the Aquaculture Industry Leadership Group on 27th February, Jim Gallagher, co-chair of the Group and Managing Director of Scottish Sea Farms, presented the significant opportunity offered by Scottish aquaculture, as a resource-friendly part of the solution to national and global food security issues, an important contributor to healthy eating and an economic lifeline to Scotland and its rural communities.
Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of SSPO, led discussion on current challenges facing the industry, stressing the importance of collaboration and the responsibilities of both companies and regulators in dealing with issues which could stand in the way of its sustainable development. He said:
“Biological challenges and a complex, burdensome regulatory framework are the principal blockers to the industry’s growth ambitions. We are addressing the former with huge investment in research, expertise and best practice and the latter by regular dialogue and information sharing to allow the regulatory process to keep pace with this innovative and sophisticated industry which is so important to our country, its communities and its people.”
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing, who attended the meeting, commented:
“The industry deserves credit for taking the initiative to establish this group. It marks an important step for the future of Scotland’s aquaculture industry and I look forward to working with all parties towards the goal of creating continued sustainable growth across this key industry”.