Salmon farmers and wild fish groups have launched a DVD and website to publicises the success of the agreements, which have been signed around the north west highlands, the islands and the outer Hebrides.
Along with the Scottish Government, wild and farmed salmon interests have fostered local solutions to benefit salmon farmers and anglers and the project is now available for all to see at: www.tripartiteworkinggroup.com.
The DVD, with its personal introduction by Michael Russell MSP, Minister for the Environment, can be viewed on the website, and is a fascinating insight into the work involved in developing and cultivating successful local agreements.
Against a backdrop of stunning scenery and remote, rural communities, many representatives of the area management groups give their views on how well the process is working and how co-operation and growing trust between the parties have been the key to this achievement.
Sid Patten, Chief Executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation, supports the new venture in film and says that the DVD clearly illustrates how salmon farmers and anglers can and do work well together.
"A fundamental aspect of this is the sharing of information on both sides and I welcome the additional opportunity presented by the launch of the website to keep those interested in both our sectors well informed about the progress of this valuable initiative,” he added.
Andrew Wallace, Managing Director of the Association of Salmon Fishery Boards, also supports the development. He said the process had involved a huge effort from all sides, but it was very gratifying to see the achievements on film and on show to the world.
"For local interests the website will develop into a very useful reference tool to see how each of the agreements is working and the benefits accumulating for the area,” he said
The DVD has already attracted interest from Canada where Government, fish farming representatives and wild fish groups are trying to find solutions to similar issues experienced in Scotland .
To date sixteen agreements have been implemented in Scotland:
- Linnhe/Lorn/Etive/Sound of Mull/Sunart
- Loch Nevis
- Loch Fyne
- West Mull
- Loch Torridon
- Lochs Carron/Kishorn
- West Loch Tarbert
- East Lewis/Harris
- Loch Laxford
- Loch Eribol l
- Loch Ewe
- Kyles of Bute
- Lochs Duich/Alsh
- Lower Lorne (signed 23 March 2006)
- Loch Roag (signed 16 August 2006)
- Skye (signed 9 October 2007)
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