As part of the Coastal Communities Network (CNN), COAST sit on the Network’s Aquaculture sub-group which is comprised of organisations who are active on issues related to salmon farming, and other forms of aquaculture.
The CCN were recently invited to the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) “Blueprint for the Industry” workshop as a ‘stakeholder’. Please read our response to their request here, where we highlight that the CCN is not an industry stakeholder but the members and wider public are all stakeholders in the health of our seas and the economy of our coastal communities. We set out the context for why we respectfully declined this invitation, and included links to documents that we hope they will take into account when considering their ‘blueprint’.
COAST and the CCN do not see any value in engaging in such workshops until we see the companies that the SSPO represent authentically acting to change the direction of travel, and move toward a sustainable future that does not use open-cages.
We issued a press release on this topic, which can be read here.