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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17577: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 2 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government who the members are of the newly announced Salmon Interactions Workstream working group, and how they were selected.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 12 September 2018

A new Salmon Interactions Workstream to provide expert advice on mitigating pressures on wild salmon was launched by the Scottish Government in June 2018.

As part of the workstream, a working group has been established to examine, as an initial task, the interactions between farmed and wild salmon, and make recommendations on how any associated impacts can be minimised. John Goodlad has agreed to chair the working group and the following organisations have been asked to provide appropriate representatives to sit on the group:

Marine Scotland

Fisheries Management Scotland

Scottish Salmon Producer's Organisation

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Scottish Natural Heritage

Heads of Planning Scotland (HOPS)

Scottish Environment Link

The Group is scheduled to hold their inaugural meeting on 31 October 2018. Details of the considerations by the group, including remit, agendas, and agreed actions from meetings will be published on the Scottish Government website.

The working group will also be able to invite other organisations and/or individuals to contribute to delivery of the remit as appropriate.