Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon has today reaffirmed the Scottish Government’s commitment to reform of Scotland’s vital aquaculture sector.

Speaking at the Aquaculture UK conference in Aviemore, she promised “rapid progress” on streamlining the current regulatory system, as recommended in the recent independent review for the government by Professor Russel Griggs.

Salmon Scotland has described the recommendations as a “blueprint” for the future of the farm-raised salmon sector, which delivers thousands of rural jobs, generates millions of pounds for Scotland’s economy, and provides one of the most nutritious products that we can eat.

Tavish Scott, Chief Executive of Salmon Scotland, said:

“We are very pleased that the government recognises that the regulatory regime is not fit for purpose and that it must change.

“Mairi Gougeon’s personal commitment to chair a strategy forum is a very strong sign of her leadership on this, and government officials and regulators can be in no doubt as to the direction of travel.

“Professor Griggs recommended that a reformed regulatory framework should be delivered within 12 months and the strong message coming from Aviemore is that we must all work together to deliver this vision.

“The salmon sector in Scotland will work constructively with government and regulators to deliver efficient and effective outcomes across social, economic and environmental objectives, supporting thousands of rural jobs, generating millions of pounds for Scotland’s economy, and farming one of the most nutritious products that we can eat.”

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