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January 17th 2020

MSPs are not only more aware of Scottish salmon than ever before but have a much more favourable view of the sector, according to new polling.

A poll of Scottish MSPs, conducted at the end of 2019, found that attitudes towards the Scottish salmon farming sector have improved. Three quarters of the members on Holyrood's Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee now view the salmon farming sector favourably.

The poll, conducted by pa advocacy in December (2019) also showed that more than half of MSPs (56 per cent) say they know a fair amount or more about salmon farming, up from 48 per cent at the same time last year. In particular, all MSPs representing the Highlands and Islands said they now know about salmon farming.

The poll also disclosed that the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) has boosted its influence among. A total of 45 per cent of those questioned said they were satisfied with contact they received from the SSPO during the past year.

Hamish Macdonell, Director of Strategic Engagement at the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, said:

"The Scottish salmon sector has always had a good relationship with MSPs in our farming areas but it is good to see that more and more politicians - from right across the country - are gaining a better understanding of who we are and what we do. This can only encourage support for the UK's leading food export and one of Scotland's major farming success stories."