Scottish salmon farming stands at a momentous point.
What began a little over 50 years ago as a simple crofting sideline has grown into a billion-pound a-year national success story, with a proven track record of investment, innovation and tremendous ingenuity.
Ahead of us stands the opportunity to be a key contributor to Scotland’s target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 – and aid the country’s post-Covid recovery and renewal.
It’s an opportunity we’re keen to seize; an opportunity that, if approached holistically, has the potential to deliver real and measurable benefits, not just for our planet and prosperity, but for fish welfare, our people and our local communities too.
Our sector's Sustainability Charter: A Better Future For Us All sets out how we intend to realise those benefits, with five key pledges and 41 different actions.
Many of these actions are designed deliberately to test and stretch us. As such, we by no means have all the answers – yet. What we do have however, is an exceptional workforce and supply chain with the determination to deliver.
I look forward to reporting on our collective progress over coming months and years.
Tavish Scott is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO)