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IMPROVEMENT IN AWARENESS AND ATTITUDES TOWARDS SALMON FARMING

Polling in Scottish Parliament shows improvement in awareness and attitudes towards salmon farming

Polling in Scottish Parliament shows improvement in awareness and attitudes towards salmon farming

A poll of Scottish MSPs has found that attitudes towards the Scottish salmon farming sector have improved this year.  73% of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee view the salmon farming sector favourably.

The poll, conducted by pa advocacy in December (2019) also showed that more than half of MSPs (56%) say they know a fair amount or more about salmon farming, up from 48% this time last year.  In particular MSPs representing the Highlands and Islands said they have knowledge of salmon farming.

The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) has boosted its influence with MSPs as 45% of those questioned saying 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 Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, 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.”