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News / In brief for 4 August 2010

Museum’s quarter million

LERWICK couple Alison and Sydney Sinclair enjoyed a complimentary bottle of champagne and a meal at Shetland Museum’s Hay’s Dock restaurant after Mrs Sinclair was inadvertently clocked in as the establishment’s 250,000th visitors.

The museum and archives was opened by the Prince of Wales in June 2007, wince when it has exceeded expectations by attracting 85,000 visitors per year.

The couple regularly visit the museum for its ever changing attractions and its calming atmosphere.

“We come here a lot and there is always something different going on and something new to see in the museum, Da Gadderie and the café restaurant.  It’s such a lovely place to go – it just makes me feel so calm,” Mrs Sinclair said.


Robertson Trust

LOCAL charities will have an opportunity to discuss their funding needs with the Scottish-based Robertson Trust, which is running one-to-one surgeries on 18 and 19 August.

The trust, which distributes £10 million a year, will hold an information session at Lerwick’s Market House from 6 to 8pm on 18 August to outline the kind of help they can offer.

The trust is focussing on the fields of care; health; education and training; and community art and sport. Twenty minute private sessions can be arranged between 1pm and 4pm on both days by calling Voluntary Action Shetland on 01595 743900.

The trust is an adventurous donor that is willing to fund core activities, including salaries and general running costs, project grants or capital grants for building or equipment.

More information is available at


Salmon dialogue

WILDLIFE campaigners WWF Scotland have welcomed the publication of an international standard for salmon farming.

The salmon Aquaculture Dialogue has been drafted by a 500 person roundtable including industry leaders, scientists and NGO representatives.

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The ‘dialogue’ seeks to minimise or eliminate the key negative impacts associated with salmon aquaculture, such as sea lice spreading from salmon farms, escaped farmed salmon interbreeding with wild salmon populations, and conflicts within communities regarding shared coastal resources.

Comments on the paper have been invited and must be submitted by 3 October before a second round of consultation begins two months later.

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