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Change is not enough. (Meat--Bacon--Poultry--Fish).

Scotland's new aquaculture strategy has been slammed by conservationists as being nothing more than a "blank cheque for fish farmers".

Launched on Monday, the Scottish Executive's strategic framework "Sea Change: A New Direction for Aquaculture" aims to relocate commercial fisheries, which are accused of polluting wild salmon and trout, away from vulnerable areas by the end of 2005. But the Executive came in for heavy criticism from protest groups and Scottish Natural Heritage for not moving fast enough.

They claim that by 2005 lice from the fisheries will have wiped out west coast salmon and trout stocks.

Salmon Farm Protest Group chairman Bruce Sandison said: "This spurious aquaculture strategy is nothing other than a blank cheque for the fish farmers."

Scottish Natural Heritage has already threatened European Court action.
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Date:Mar 29, 2003
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