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Salmon boycott planned for next Saturday

Farmed salmon is yet again the target of environmental campaigners.
(Photo: P. Johnson)

UNITED KINGDOM Friday, October 18, 2002, 20:00 (GMT + 9)

Scottish Quality Salmon has prepared a point-by-point rebuttal of anti-salmon farming propaganda that is to be handed to the public in an organised picket of supermarkets next Saturday (26 Oct).

The Salmon Farm Protest Group (SFPG) claims hundreds will participate in the latest attempt by anti-salmon campaigners to damage the industry. It will be handing out leaflets outside supermarkets all over Britain to convince consumers that they should not buy farmed salmon.

Protest organiser and SFPG chairman Bruce Sandison urged consumers not to buy farmed salmon and has launched a website to coincide with the campaign.

However a spokeswoman for SQS said that SFPG was not representative of the main angling organisations who are cooperating with the industry in tackling contentious issues. And she said that the claims about salmon were the same old fictions that had been proved wrong before.

She added: "They are throwing any and every allegation about salmon farming at us. It is very misguided and is all about re-iterating the same old arguments and offering nothing towards solutions or recognising the achievements we have made.
"It is nothing new and is out of line with everything everyone else is doing. It is just an opportunity for him to carry on his vendetta."

According to Mr Sandison offers of support for the campaign are flooding in.
"The Salmon Farm Protest is hopefully only the start of an international boycott of farmed salmon. Anglers, environmentalists and consumers have all had enough of supermarkets making vast profits out of unsafe, unhealthy, unlabelled farmed salmon," he claimed.

The Salmon Farm Protest Group says it does not oppose fish farming per se but believes it should be carried out onshore in closed-containment systems. "We must preserve species that depend for survival upon unpolluted coastal and inland waters, and the jobs of people who rely upon that environment for their livelihoods," said Mr Sandison.

By Peter Johnson
FIS Europe