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    Salmon wars at Holyrood

    From today's Press and Journal:

    Minister caught up in salmon war

    Anglers and producers exchange insults in evidence to Holyrood public petitions committee

    By Tim Pauling

    Published: 23/11/2010

    Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham was drawn into an increasingly bitter dispute between salmon and sea trout anglers and west coast fish farms yesterday.

    Ms Cunningham was accused of being “disingenuous” and prepared to sacrifice west coast fishing interests as anglers and salmon producers exchanged insults.

    The Salmon and Trout Association (S&TA) has collected 17,000 signatures for a petition urging the Scottish Government to remove all sea-based fish farms from estuaries of major wild salmon rivers in order to lessen the impact of sea lice.

    The association also wants smolt farms banned from operating within wild salmon river systems.

    It wants the government to encourage fish farms to move into deepwater locations offshore and to close down existing inshore sites.

    Read more: PressandJournal.co.uk

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    That woman is absolutely beyond contempt. She has displayed a total inadequacy for the job of minister, or of member of the Assembly. I am practically speechless.

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    Would be good if the agencies like S&TA, Atlantic Salmon Trust, Game & Conservancy Trust, NASF etc would work together with the large Tourism organisations like VisitScotland to ensure they lobby more effectively. If Commerce and Tourism bodies united on a campaign with the Trust bodies they would probably achieve much greater success in removing nets and relocating aquaculture.They would have a stronger combined voice and a more effective lobbying position to force change.

    Far too many people have so much to lose, and indeed do, as a result of aquaculture. Sadly their protests are marginalised and pooh poohed by aquaculture organisations who can afford PR Groups to work on their behalf.
    Given they adopt the Egyptian Syndrome stance (In denial), it will take a concerted effort and money to lobby together and send a clear message to government that aquaculture as it stands is seriously detrimental, and must be managed properly in safe onshore environments that would supply employment.This would also help salmon fisheries and the angling tourism markets to recover where they have been dramatically affected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken@fishdee View Post
    This would also help salmon fisheries and the angling tourism markets to recover where they have been dramatically affected.
    Ken, It must also be time for legal compensation cases to brought - thick and fast. I think immediately of the Loch Maree Hotel and the other hotel on the loch (I can’t remember its name). They must have lost ££££'s because of the sea trout decline (because of fish farms). There must be hundreds of claims out there. Why not claim! Damage has been done.

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    I would agree with what you say Colin. If fishery owners who have suffered are looking for assistance in raising a case they could do a lot worse than contact Fish Legal. Fish Legal - The Angling Trust

    I am sure if they are taking on the negligent operations in court they would become a worthy adversary. I have heard good things about them and see Trusts are now employing them to represent their interests. Perhaps more of the large conservation groups will get them raising actions to test points of law to secure landmark rulings.

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    Ken an important report has just been published in Norway which assesses the impact of fish farming on wild populations. Very worrying indeed.

    See here


    It is shocking! and is being repeated in Western Scotland, Canada and Chile

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    Input to the Economy :

    Aquaculture = £500m pa (plus all the jobs in rural communities)
    Wild fisheries = £90m pa of which the major east coast rivers contribute most and are not affacted dfirectly by this industry.

    We are seen as insignificant in the big picture. Simple!

    Plans and funding for relocation have been removed from the agenda, however they are looking at better ways to control the issues associated with inshore farms, but this can only be described as scratching the sufrace.

    It aint a pretty picture.
    JV

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