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Salmon

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 15 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made to the Scottish Executive on preventing the crossbreeding, disease and pollution of wild salmon in the rivers of north east England from farmed salmon in Scotland. [113070]

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken with the Scottish Executive to jointly manage the Tweed and its tributaries to protect wild salmon from pollution, disease and crossbreeding with farmed salmon. [113071]

Management responsibilities for the River Tweed and its tributaries lie with the River Tweed Commissioners, and the River Tweed Council which acts on their behalf. The Scottish Executive maintains dialogue with the Commissioners on a range of issues. Freshwater aquaculture units are subject to inspection by the Fish Health Inspectorate. Defra and the Scottish Executive operate surveillance programmes with a view to maintaining freedom from serious fish diseases.