Scottish salmon producers are hoping to boost their lobbying clout after merging their three trade associations into one body.
Scottish Quality Salmon and the Shetland Salmon Farmers’ Organisation are to be integrated into the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation, which will in future handle both farmer and ongrower interests in political, regulatory and technical fields.
It will also oversee the Scottish Quality Salmon and Label Rouge marks.
The Scottish salmon industry has faced bruising price pressures in recent years. Several companies within Shetland went bust as a result, and output has dropped by 25% to below 125,000 tonnes a year. Prices are now stable at more acceptable levels.
Tensions within the industry have also been complex, with a sizeable number of producers owned by multinationals, and others purely indigenous Scottish concerns.
The new-look SSPO will include both multinationals and indigenous companies. Its new chief executive will be Sid Patten.
A spokesman for SQS said: “We are nearly there, with 90% of the industry committed to the single SSPO. The industry has pushed for this for 12 to 18 months.”