The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) today (Wednesday 30th January) responded to comments made by Scottish Government on the report published by the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee late in 2018.
Julie Hesketh-Laird, chief executive of the SSPO, said:
“We welcome the Scottish Government’s continued support for the salmon farming sector. As producers of the world’s most sought-after farmed salmon we are fully aware of our responsibility to ensure and demonstrate good fish welfare and environmental standards.
“We share the view that ‘the status quo is not acceptable‘ and we are determined to keep driving ahead with the dynamic and innovative approach that has become the industry’s hallmark.
“The Scottish farmed salmon sector already has a world-leading approach to the publication of mortality data. We also report sea lice levels voluntarily but we want to go further and intend to publish this data more quickly to ensure greater transparency.
“The sector is also preparing to move to a tighter action level for the enforcement of measures to combat sea lice.
“However, there are issues we look forward to discussing in greater depth with the Scottish government once we have established the detail of those proposals.”