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Survey suggests tide is turning in favour of salmon farming

A recent survey suggests that the attitudes of Scottish politicians towards the salmon farming sector have improved over the course of the last year.

According to the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) the survey of members of the Scottish parliament (MSPs) demonstrates "that attitudes towards the Scottish salmon farming sector have improved this year".

How MSPs opinion of the Scottish salmon farming sector have changed between 2018 and 2019


Seventy-three percent of those involved in the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee view the salmon farming sector favourably. This is a significant figure given that it was members of REC committee who took part in an inquiry into the sector in 2018-2019.

The poll, conducted by pa advocacy in December also showed that more than half of MSPs (56 percent) say they know a fair amount or more about salmon farming, up from 48 percent this time last year. In particular, MSPs representing the Highlands and Islands said they have knowledge of salmon farming.

The SSPO says that it has boosted its influence with MSPs – as 45 percent of those questioned said that they were satisfied with contact during the past year. MSPs are likely to suggest that information about fish welfare and the environment could improve confidence in the sector.

Hamish Macdonell, director of strategic engagement at the SSPO, said: "The Scottish salmon sector has always had a good relationship with MSPs in our farming areas but it is good to see that more and more politicians - from right across the country - are gaining a better understanding of who we are and what we do. This can only encourage support for the UK's leading food export and one of Scotland's major farming success stories."