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How salmon farming fosters community spirit

Scottish politicians were offered a fresh insight into the importance of salmon farming to rural communities in an upbeat new film by the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) which was launched at Holyrood this evening.

The film was screened to give assembled MSPs, including Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing, a chance to appreciate the number of community initiatives that are supported by Scotland's salmon farming companies - with mentions of projects sponsored by Cooke Aquaculture, The Scottish Salmon Company, Marine Harvest, Wester Ross Salmon, Scottish Sea Farms and Loch Duart. 

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Introducing the film, Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of the SSPO, said that salmon farmers are often guilty of overlooking the positives, so it is up to those in local communities who support the industry to show how important the sector is to them.

The opening credits of the upbeat community film reflect local views gathered while the filming took place – that without salmon farming local communities would not thrive, jobs would be lost and social, cultural and sporting activities would suffer. The Oban pipe band, the Mull Community bus, the Cubs in Argyll, the Orkney foodbank, Scourie Community Hall and many sports are amongst those featured in the film. 

“Salmon farming is a busy, complex business but we shouldn’t forget to acknowledge how committed companies are to supporting their staff in rural communities and the activities that are important to them,” said Landsburgh.

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