Simpson pledges continued cooperation with wild sector In a Newsnight Scotland interview broadcast to coincide with the International Atlantic Salmon Symposium, Scottish Quality Salmon chief executive Brian Simpson stated his intention to continue to co-operate with wild fish interests to ensure healthy stocks in Scottish rivers while delivering jobs and prosperity to the Highlands & Islands. Scottish Quality Salmon chief executive Brian Simpson said the symposium had acknowledged there were many factors involved in the decline of wild salmon. SQS and its wild fish counterparts along with SEERAD were discussing how to create the maximum healthy environment for both farmed and wild salmon. Dick Shelton of the Atlantic Salmon Trust and Professor David Mackay of the Scottish Anglers' National Association, agreed co-operation between all parties was the way forward and progress towards local solutions was being made. Mackay noted: "Over the last three years we've seen a sea change in the attitude of the industry and in the attitude of government. The industry has had an internal revolution, it's produced an excellent Code of practice which we highly approve of. We believe the regulatory process must be streamlined, strengthened and rigorously imposed and that's what we're fighting for at the moment." {{MEAT }}

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