Scottish government ‘open-minded’ about licence fees

Tavish Scott

A call by salmon farmers for licence fees to be directly reinvested into rural communities is being heard by the Scottish government

Salmon farmers have welcomed a Scottish government commitment to consider their call for £10 million-a-year in licence fees to help tackle a housing crisis in rural Scotland.

Trade body Salmon Scotland launched a campaign last year to overhaul the current system so that the millions sent to Crown Estate Scotland (CES) are instead ringfenced for coastal areas where farms operate.

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