The Salmon Farm Monitor
An rud bhios na do bhròin, cha bhi e na do thiomhnadh
That which you have wasted will not be there for future generations


Salmon Farm Protest Group

Wednesday 23rd April 2003

Former Secretary of State for Scotland calls for more controls on fish farming in the West Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE USE

Michael Forsyth, Secretary of State for Scotland from 1995 to 1997, writing in 'Scotland on Sunday' said: "A leaping salmon is one of nature's grandest sights, and the king of fish is a potent symbol of everything we value in Scotland's natural heritage. Yet this wonderful and mysterious creature is in mortal peril." He added, "I once naively believed that farmed salmon would help save wild fish by providing food for the table at lower cost."

POLITICAL PARTY POLICES ON SALMON FARMING (extracts)

Allan Wilson, Scottish Labour: "In my view the environmental footprint of aquaculture industry at the present time is not such to cause concern"

David McLetchie, Conservatives: "Scottish Conservatives would. review the whole regulatory regime affecting the industry, which would reduce the ridiculous burdens which currently exist."

Craig Milroy, SNP: "Our priority is to ensure the prosperity of our nation while respecting and enhancing our environment for the security of future generations."

Keith Irving, Scottish Liberal Democrats: "The Liberal Democrats are determined to see mistakes which have been made in the past in the development of salmon farming are not repeated."

Robin Harper, Green Party: "The Green Party would insist on an inquiry into the state of the science so far in relation to the effects on the marine environment of fish farming."

(Full text of party polices and Michael Forsyth's comments on www.salmonfarmmonitor.org)

Contact: Don Staniford, 07880 716082 or Bruce Sandison, 01847 611274

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