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UK FISHERIES MINISTER VISITS TWO LEADING SCOTTISH EXPORTERS AS SALMON EXPORTS REACH £665 MILLION

UK FISHERIES MINISTER

UK Fisheries Minister visits two leading Scottish exporters as salmon exports reach £665 million. Last week, Thursday 16th February 2022, Food and Fisheries Minister Victoria Prentis completed a two-day trip to Scotland, visiting one of Europe’s leading salmon producers and one of Scotland’s oldest whisky distilleries.

As part of the UK Government’s commitment to support coastal communities across the UK, Minister Prentis met with key representatives to discuss the challenges faced, and successes achieved by, the two leading Scottish industries.
Scotland is the UK’s biggest aquaculture producer and home to almost all of the UK’s salmon production. Minister Prentis visited Greenock harbour, the biggest container port on the west coast of Scotland and one of 60 sites used by the Scottish Salmon Company to deliver world-class products.
Industry leaders joined Minister Prentis on a tour of Scottish Salmon Company’s salmon farm at Stronachullin. Minister Prentis also met with Salmon Scotland, the representative body and voice for all of those involved in Scotland’s famous salmon farming industry. This comes as Scottish salmon exports return to pre-Covid levels, with 2021 exports so far totalling £665m. 
Minister Prentis also visited Auchentoshan whisky distillery, a prominent single malt Scotch whisky producer. Auchentoshan was established in 1823 and produces approximately 1.5 million litres of whisky per year. Attending a tour of the Auchentoshan distillery, the Minister was able to view the significant progress made in post-Covid19 recovery and discuss future opportunities available to the UK as an independent trading nation.
Fisheries Minister Victoria Prentis said:
“It is clear to see the contribution that Scotland’s world-leading salmon and whisky industries make to the global economy, and I was particularly pleased to see the positive impact these industries are having on their local communities.
“The UK government is committed to supporting a sustainable and thriving fishing and aquaculture industry which in turn will level up communities across the UK.”
UK Government Minister for Scotland Malcolm Offord said:
“I was delighted to join Minister Prentis and meet with key members of the fishing industry in Greenock. It was a very useful discussion about how we continue to grow as an independent coastal state and help to deliver a sustainable and profitable future. We are determined to help the seafood industry as a whole maximise new opportunities, to the benefit of our coastal communities.”
Joined by UK Government Minister for Scotland, Malcolm Offord, Minister Prentis also held a meeting with local fishermen in Greenock which was an opportunity for fishermen to raise their views and discuss any issues currently facing the industry. It was also a chance to discuss new funding opportunities and the UK Government schemes available. 
On her visit, Minister Prentis outlined UK government support for the industry as it looks to create a more sustainable and economically prosperous future.
 
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