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April 19th 2022

Salmon Scotland expands to welcome partner members from supply chain

Salmon Scotland has today announced an expansion of its membership to include partners from its supply chain in recognition of the significant and sustainable contribution to the nation's economy.

New members include feed suppliers, service vessel designers, and textile firms which help ensure that the farm-raised salmon sector delivers responsible growth and creates thousands of well-paid local jobs.

Many of the new members are at the forefront of technological advances which are helping to secure the sector's low-carbon future, with a commitment to achieving key targets in fish health and welfare, community support, and maintaining the highest food quality standards.

While salmon are only raised in five key geographical locations in rural Scotland - Shetland, Orkney, the north-west Highlands, the Western Isles and Argyll and Bute - the expansion means that Salmon Scotland will now represent organisations working in every part of Scotland.

The sector directly employs 2,500 people in Scotland and supports more than 3,600 suppliers, with 10,000 jobs dependent on farm-raised salmon.

The move is the next step in Salmon Scotland's evolution, after the body changed its name from the Scottish Salmon Producers' Organisation in 2021 to reflect its responsibility to champion the interests of people and businesses across the sector.

Tavish Scott, Chief Executive of Salmon Scotland, said:

"Our role is to speak for and champion the interests of people and businesses across Scotland's farm-raised salmon sector.

"At the heart of our sector are farmers who care for their fish and produce a healthy, nutritious product that is increasingly popular around the world.

"But our responsible growth would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of thousands of people in the wider supply chain.

"Together, we deliver more than 10,000 jobs in every part of Scotland and generate millions for the local economy, with everyone in the sector working hard to deliver a sustainable and low-carbon future for Scottish salmon."

New partner members: