The idea that Seafish, the compulsory levy body covering wild-caught seafood, should take on the interests of Scottish salmon - a farmed fish sector covered by a voluntary levy - has not been laughed out of court by fisheries departments.
In their response to the Seafish review, they have indicated that they would be prepared to consider bringing salmon within Seafish’s scope - but only if the sector itself wanted to be.
However, Sid Patten, chief executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation, stressed this week: “The overwhelming view of the Scottish salmon farming industry is that it is best served by an organisation dedicated to its long-term future.
“Its specialist needs are better served by an organisation that has appropriate expertise across its political, technical and communications remits.”