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Optimistic Future for Scottish Aquaulture

SCOTLAND - The Scottish aquaculture industry has an optimistic future according to Scottish environment minister Michael Russell.

Scottish Environment Minister Michael Russell

Speaking at the start of Aquaculture 2008 in Aviemore he said it was fitting the show should be sited in the ehart of the Highlands.

The show is expected to attract up to 1,500 people, who will get the chance to discuss the future development of the industry.

An exhibition will host more than 60 stands from local companies through to international players from countries such as Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Canada.

Mr Russell said: "It is quite fitting that Aquaculture 2008 is being launched in the heart of the Highlands at a time when the industry is optimistic for its future. Encouragingly, I understand that the organisers have already booked to come back to Aviemore in 2010.

"The farmed fish sector is of great value to Scotland and we need to ensure its sustainable economic growth for the future. Last year we produced some 140,000 tonnes of salmon worth around £380 million, which is more than the value of our catching sector.

"We also have trout, other marine species and a very successful shellfish sector which produces over 4,600 tonnes a year - mainly mussels - which I am sure has great potential to grow.

"This week's exhibition and conference will allow visitors the opportunity to locate suppliers, explore the wide range of businesses services and products on offer and catch up on the latest technology.

"There will also be plenty of opportunities to network and learn more about the industry through the seminars and workshops."

Ellen Hardy

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