Personally, I think its quite a disappointing article.
As usual, cherry picking examples and cases to prove points rather than using facts.
In principle, collaboration would be the way forward, but that implies both parties willing to work together.
How is that collaboration working for the Lochy just now? In what seems to be a good year in the East, the Lochy seems to be seriously struggling.
Its also a huge industry in Norway, yet they seem to have less issues than our west coast, simply because we let the Norwegian owned companies, behave different to how they would in their own country.
In what way is that correct?
I have cherry-picked a few lines from your post Mows; you have written a very good piece on this whole matter.
You have hit the nail on the head as collaboration is the only way forward. However, I have seen little evidence of the Scot.Gov. being - in any matter of importance - prepared to collaborate with any other body unless that other body is prepared to accept lock stock and barrel the Scot.Gov. view on the matter.
To me one of the major problems is that the salmon farming community has, by its vast spread of financial support for capable research establishments, lready made it impossible for scientists to give totally unbiased opinions, whilst Scot.Gov. controlled facilities are similarly controlled. The possibility of obtaining relevant accurate scientific data and opinion is a virtual 'no-go' due to these factors.
We can only hope that a few very highly placed researchers are so filled with self-disgust that they become whistle blowers.....that none have as yet taken this path.