15 June, 2008
SALMON was on the menu when Scottish environment minister Michael Russell met
with Norway’s fisheries minister Helga Pedersen, in Oslo on Friday.
The two ministers discussed closer co-operation between their countries on
aquaculture in the light of the likely removal of the EU minimum import price on
imported salmon from Norway.
Friday's meeting followed on from an industry summit in Scotland, hosted by Mr
Russell on 10 June.
The ministers also agreed to set up a joint working group between industry,
government officials and academics, to discuss the impact of climate change on
Mr Russell said: "Scotland's aquaculture sector is one of its prized assets.
Last year we produced some 140,000 tonnes of salmon worth around £380 million
and hundreds of jobs depend on fish farms.
"It is therefore vital that we do everything we can to ensure Scottish
aquaculture remains prosperous.”
Mr Russell was visiting Norway in his capacity to discuss the re-introduction of
beavers and sea eagles to Scotland. He also took the opportunity to discuss
possibilities for a strengthened and deepened co-operation between Scotland and
Norway on aquaculture.
In their discussion, the two ministers also touched on other issues of common
interest, such as rural development, access to the Russian market and increasing
fuel costs. Mr Russell also met Norwegian environment minister Heidi Sorenson.