Chapter 14. Delivering the Solutions - The Salmon Farmer's Point of View
- Derek Mills MSc, PhD, FIFM, FLS
Published Online: 20 NOV 2007
Copyright © 2003 by Blackwell Science Ltd.
Salmon at the Edge
How to Cite
Lindsay, L. and Rae, G. (2007) Delivering the Solutions - The Salmon Farmer's Point of View, in Salmon at the Edge (ed D. Mills), Blackwell Science Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470995495.ch14
Atlantic Salmon Trust
- Published Online: 20 NOV 2007
- Published Print: 7 JUL 2003
Print ISBN: 9780632064571
Online ISBN: 9780470995495
- salmon farmers;
- scottish quality salmon;
- environmental management system;
- salmon stocks;
- fisheries management
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The Scottish salmon industry delivers strategic socioeconomic solutions around rural Scotland in terms of jobs, communities and local services. It also delivers strategic national economic solutions in terms of primary production, added and retail value and exports. Internationally, it is contributing a solution to the ‘Fish Gap’. The prospect of these benefits continuing into the future appears strong. However, the industry is also delivering solutions in terms of our coastline and inshore environment. Scottish Quality Salmon (SQS) has been unique in its proactive and measurable commitment to high-quality, responsible and sustainable husbandry and site management. Independently inspected and certified compliance with externally scrutinized and accredited standards based on best practice and internationally recognized disciplines is mandatory, as is compliance with SQS Codes of Practice and wider responsibilities including collaboration with other national and international stakeholders.
The most potent attribute in terms of site-specific concerns is SQS's mandatory commitment to Environmental Management Systems (EMS) that are independently audited and accredited to ISO 14001. These EMS are based on individual site analysis and monitoring, incorporate periodic reviews of performance against targets, provide a formal vehicle for SQS Codes of Practice, and focus on risk management and the precautionary principle. SQS's EMS regime is facilitating the development of a number of important collaborative programmes such as the Tripartite Initiative.
Against a background of long-term declines in wild salmon stocks throughout their range and their multi-factorial nature, the Tripartite Working Group (TWG) was established in June 1999 with government, the salmon farming industry and wild salmonid interests. A Concordat was signed in June 2000 and sets out terms of reference including measures for the restoration and maintenance of healthy stocks of wild and farmed fish, and measures for the regeneration of wild salmon and sea trout stocks. As a founder member of the TWG, SQS and its members have led the way in the establishment of Area Management Groups and Area Management Agreements designed to contribute to the above objectives. The following text describes progress to date and discusses some of the problems encountered and solutions delivered.