Monday 7th August
Scott Landsburgh, Chief Executive Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO), described salmon farming as a strategic industry for Scotland, exporting £650m of fish to 64 countries, on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today programme. His interview kicked off a week of coverage by the broadcaster on the subject of salmon and it will report from a salmon farm on Saturday 12th August.
Landsburgh highlighted the value of farmed salmon to both the Scottish and UK economies and its crucial importance to rural communities and employment in Scotland. He referenced the fact that Scottish farmed salmon now represents 40% of Scotland’s total food exports by value, and indeed has emerged to become the UK’s largest food export – worth approximately £2 billion annually to the UK economy – having commenced production just over 40 years ago.
On the industry’s environmental sustainability, he explained that Scotland continued to adopt globally-recognised best practice and to invest heavily to counter the threat of sea lice whilst minimising any wider environmental impact, and welcomed research being carried out in other countries on so-called “close containment” practices to address the parasite issue. He added, however, that despite the industry’s keen willingness to take on board all research findings and implement viable solutions, a “close containment” approach was not yet a proven way of overcoming the ongoing sea lice problem, and that far more work was needed to establish its reliability.
Interview starts at 05:45 minutes