A row has erupted between the wild and farmed salmon industries in Scotland.

Wild salmon fishermen in Argyll a major salmon production area have pulled out of the Lower Lorn Area Management Agreement, a government-backed initiative to encourage wild and farmed fisheries to work together to address issues such as sea lice and farmed salmon escapes.

The collapse of the agreement had been caused by the failure of aquaculture companies to honour commitments, claimed the Association of Salmon Fishery Boards, which represents the interests of wild salmon farmers. "After repeated abuses of the agreement by the salmon farming companies, wild fisheries bodies have had no other option but to withdraw," said MD Andrew Wallace.

The Scottish Salmon Producers' Organisation said co-operation between the aquaculture and wild-caught sectors had yielded many benefits in the past.

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