RURAL AFFAIRS MSP WELCOMES 'SCOTTISH SALMON TSUNAMI'
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 15:53
Angus MacDonald hails salmon bonanza boost to jobs and growth in Scotland's Year of Food and Drink
The MSP for Falkirk East and Member of Holyrood's Rural Affairs Committee, Angus MacDonald, has welcomed record production of Scottish farmed salmon in 2014. He hailed the fact that Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink is proving to be a great success: further bolstered a recent positive industry report of growth and job creation.
The Scottish Fish Farm Production Survey 2014 published today shows that over 179,000 tonnes of farmed Atlantic salmon was produced last year. That is the highest level of production ever recorded in Scotland – an increase of almost 10 per cent on the previous year. The survey also shows an increase in the number of people working across all Scottish fin fish production, from 1,625 in 2013 to 1,796 in 2014, an increase of 10 per cent.
These positive figures follow a recent report by Bank of Scotland showing food and drink companies could create 14,000 jobs over the next five years.
Commenting, Angus MacDonald MSP, said, “This is great news for Scotland. Salmon is Scotland’s number one food export and is highly valued both across the UK and internationally for its exceptional quality."
“The record breaking numbers harvested in this 'salmon tsunami' reaffirm Scotland’s position amongst the world’s leading food producing nations. Salmon is a key part of our economy providing employment and investment, particularly in some of our most remote, coastal communities."
Mr. MacDonald continued his statement, “This follows on from a recent Bank of Scotland report which highlights the great opportunities and potential for the food and drink sector in Scotland – and it is great that all of this is happening during Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink."
The Falkirk East MSP went on to say, “Scotland’s food and drink industry enjoys a superb reputation for quality and it is welcome that so many in the industry say they are planning to create jobs."
“The industry is expected to expand in the next two years to a total value to the Scottish economy of £16.5 billion and with a possible 14,000 new jobs in the next five years."
“This clearly demonstrates that the Scottish Government is right to protect Scotland’s clean, green status by banning GM crops."
“The Scottish Government’s plans to help increase sales of Scottish food by increased sourcing and tracing the origin of dairy products – on the shelves of supermarkets - are very welcome and can only add to this Scottish success story.”
The photographs above and below show Mr. MacDonald with his colleague Rob Gibson and other MSPs on the Parliament's Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee (RACCE), conducting a fact-finding survey at a fish farm in Lochaber.
- Record Year for Salmon productions: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Record-year-for-salmon-production-1cb9.asp
- Food and drink sector 'could create 14,000 jobs': http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-34068727