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Marine / Former MSP Scott to lead salmon producers organisation

Tavish Scott. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

FORMER Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO).

The ex-politician is expected to take up his new role in November, replacing the departing Julie Hesketh-Laird.

The trade body represents Scotland’s salmon producers.

“Scottish salmon is the UK’s biggest food export,” Scott said.

“Its value to the economy is immense and it has the ability to help lead Scotland out of the Covid crisis, building on its sustainable foundations and driving a green recovery.”

He is leaving his role as head of external affairs at Scottish Rugby, which he took up after stepping down as an MSP last year following 20 years in parliament.

Chair of the SSPO Atholl Duncan said: “We are delighted to have secured someone as knowledgeable and experienced as Tavish to help lead our sector.

“His passion for salmon farming and his deep roots in our salmon communities are well known.

“There is a great opportunity right now for the Scottish salmon sector to thrive and to create more jobs and prosperity in our rural and island communities. Tavish has the skills to help us all to realise this potential for the greater good of Scotland.”