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Salmon Report Condemned for Ignorance

by the Fish Site Editor
21 July 2009, at 1:00am

SCOTLAND, UK - Salmon and sea trout fishermen condemned as a whitewash a Scottish government report yesterday that concluded that the reasons for the decline in wild salmon stocks was undefined and that there was nothing that can be done to restore them.

According to a report by TimesOnline, the fishermen believe that the scientists who produced the report have been compromised by pressure from ministers. Fish farming, which enjoys government support, is blamed by fishing interests for causing much of the decline in wild salmon, writes Melanie Reid for the news organsiation.

Jon Gibb, the clerk to the Lohaber District Salmon fishery board, told The Times that it was “an appalling situation” that damage to wild fish was being ignored in order to protect the fish farming industry. He said: “This is quite clearly a whitewash by the government. We find it quite extraordinary that a whole natural resource, an iconic species, is being destroyed on the back of a few jobs.

The fishermen believe that the scientists who produced the report have been compromised by pressure from ministers, reports TimesOnline. Fish farming, which enjoys government support, is blamed by fishing interests for causing much of the decline in wild salmon.

the Fish Site Editor

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