Introduce a levy on farmed fish

While acknowledging, that this review is focussed purely on the killing of wild salmon, perhaps now, would also be the time, to consider charging a levy on every farmed salmon produced in Scotland. If this money was then used solely for research and conservation measures, to protect and improve stocks of wild Salmon and Sea Trout, then at least, that would go some way, in compensating for the years of untold damage that the aquaculture industry has caused to wild stocks, especially on the West coast of Scotland. 

This proposal, I am sure, would prove very popular with anglers, it would also, give the Scottish Government some credibility in its ability to effectivley and fairly manage wild fisheries.

Why the contribution is important

An effective review needs to have some proven benefit, in order to justify its imposition on the very people (anglers) who are most interested in the conservation of Salmon, and who ultimately, are the least responsible for their decline.

A levy on farmed Salmon would be viewed as fair and justifiable.

by tweedfisher on July 28, 2015 at 11:50AM

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  • Posted by tweedfisher July 28, 2015 at 12:34

    Close contained land based farms could be excluded, as an incentive to the industry, to switch towards this safer form of aquaculture.
  • Posted by marinescotland2 July 28, 2015 at 16:50

    As you identify this is a separate thread albeit significant joined up work already takes place between wild and farmed salmon interests. Your comments will be forwarded to colleagues involved in aquaculture policy.

  • Posted by scaredforsalmon July 29, 2015 at 11:02

    What joined up work exactly? It would seem that the only time we get any sort of accurate data from fish farms is when someone manages to get it through Freedom of Information legislation.
  • Posted by MJS65 July 29, 2015 at 13:43

    "Interests" may be the operative word in the above MS comment. Both wild and farmed "Interests" seem to be very narrow and have precious little to do with the average Scottish angler/person.

    That aside, a per fish levy on farmed fish is an extremely good idea.

    If the farmers wish to benefit from labelling their produce as Scottish (they being largely Norwegian n'all), then it seems reasonable that they should pay a wee surcharge/levy to do so.
  • Posted by tweedfisher July 29, 2015 at 14:13

    Especially now that imports of Norwegian salmon have been banned in China. The "Scottish Salmon" label is extremely important and valuable.
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