Speaking after the Scottish Parliament backed a Scottish Liberal Democrat amendment to the debate on Celebrating Scotland’s Food and Drink Success Story, rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:
"Farmed salmon is an example of an area in which the right regulation can be used to support, not curtail, the industry by ensuring measures are put in place which command consumer confidence and maintain Scotland's world-leading reputation for high-welfare and quality produce.
"By backing this amendment, Parliament has made very clear to the Scottish Government that action is needed and that the regulatory status quo is not an option. The Cabinet Secretary must not now try to wriggle off the hook."
Mike Rumbles' amendment backed by the Scottish Parliament reads:
Celebrating Scotland’s Food and Drink Success Story
As an amendment to motion S5M-13876 in the name of Fergus Ewing (Celebrating Scotland’s Food and Drink Success Story), insert at end "; recognises the reputation and quality of Scottish farmed salmon; notes however the published concerns of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee regarding the environmental impact of salmon farming in Scotland, and agrees with its finding that the regulatory status quo is not an option."