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Impressive sign up is first step towards 'lighter touch'

UK - The impressive sign up to the industrys Code of Good Practice in Shetland will provide major impetus to negotiate a lighter touch from regulators, predicted the new Chairman of Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO).

Commenting after his first visit to Shetland since taking on the new role only a few weeks ago, Michael Gibson CBE said: “As the majority of the island’s salmon farms have signed up to the new Code of Good Practice, the industry on the isles has taken the first vital step towards the easing of rules and regulations.

“By adopting the Code, salmon farmers are demonstrating their willingness and commitment to Government, stakeholders and consumers that production standards and environmental practices reflect the best of modern aquaculture.

During an extensive tour of the isles, Mr Gibson visited various salmon farms and processing facilities, as well as meeting with representatives from NAFC Marine Centre, Shetland Development Trust and Shetland Islands Council.

“Having spoken with a broad base of people, ranging from farmers and processors through to scientific researchers and local authorities, I am confident the Code will further raise the profile of the high standards within the industry. However, signing up to the Code is only the first step. We must now demonstrate continued and sustained good practice and high standards if we are to persuade Government to ease the current regulatory regime,” he concluded.

David Sandison, General Manager of Shetland Aquaculture and host of the visit, added: “Michael was able to hear of progress with the Shetland Seafood Development Project, of which one of the key objectives is the implementation of the Code of Good Practice. I know this confirmed to him that Shetland is fully embracing the Code as a foundation stone for future business success.”

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