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Petition To Relocate Scottish Salmon Farms

SCOTLAND, UK - The fate of the petition, which was lodged by the Salmon & Trout Association, and calls for relocation of marine salmon farms away from salmon and sea trout rivers, plus a ban on the use of open net smolt pens in salmonid systems, was discussed at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament's Public Petitions Committee, earlier this week.

Two MSPs (Members of the Scottish Parliament) recommended that it should be added to the list of petitions to be taken up by the next batch of MSPs, following the May election. Robin Harper, MSP, said that too many questions about the impacts of salmon farming, in particular the escalating quantities of chemicals being used to treat sea lice, remain unanswered.

He criticised the 'considerable secrecy' which reigns in the industry. Nigel Don, MSP, said that the petition should be added to the 'legacy paper', and could possibly be referred to the appropriate specialist committee of Parliament during the new term.

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