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Trade Associations – SSPO

Taking a

stand

New leaders learn the significance of Scottish salmon farming

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he Scottish parliamentary elections last year and the reshuffle of the SNP cabinet saw several new MSPs enter office for the first time in 2016. In response to such a significant change in structure, the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) took the opportunity to hold a week-long exhibition in the Scottish parliament at the end of November to promote the importance and value of farmed salmon to Scotland. Tavish Scott, MSP for Shetland and long-time supporter of the salmon farming industry, sponsored the exhibition, which was ideally positioned in the members’ lobby, immediately outside the debating chamber. The exhibition stand - manned throughout the week by the SSPO’s technical and communications teams, along with Scott Landsburgh, SSPO chief executive, and Anne MacColl SSPO chair - provided a focal point where

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MSPs could learn more about the industry and its importance to Scotland. As well as the opportunity to engage with SSPO personnel, the exhibit allowed MSPs and parliamentary staff to see the industry’s latest promotional video, filmed in Orkney and showcasing the entire value chain, from production to retailer. This was complemented by a number of short cookery films featuring a selection of recipes made from Scotland’s number one food export. There was the opportunity to discuss the industry with MSPs from all political parties, including those who are members of current parliamentary committees relevant to salmon farming. Those who came to talk to the team included, among many others, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment Roseanna Cunningham, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party Kezia Dugdale and Presiding Officer Ken MacIntosh. Iain Berrill, research and data manager for the SSPO, said: ‘There was good overall support for the industry, with MSPs acknowledging the key contribution salmon farming makes to the Scottish economy, in particular in rural areas. ‘Questions set to the SSPO team covered the industry’s plans for sustainable growth, the importance of safeguarding jobs, especially in rural areas, and the industry’s views on Brexit. ‘Of course, no one knows exactly how Brexit will impact Scotland, the UK or, for that matter,

the salmon farming sector. ‘The exhibition was a big success and has helped the industry forge greater relationships with key MSPs for the sector. ‘Importantly, it has also helped us to engage with those MSPs who reside outwith traditional fish farming regions, but who should still be kept abreast of developments within the industry.’ FF

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