I am not a River Tweed commissioner.
Any proposal to release GM fish into the environment would be subject to consent from the Scottish Executive under the strict EU and UK regulatory framework. No application for such a release has been submitted, and we are not aware of any plans for such an application.
Yes. Wild salmon fisheries are important to the Scottish rural economy. It would be fair to assume that the either deliberate or accidental introduction of very large alien fish into rivers such as the Tweed could threaten wild fish stocks. I am certain that the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment would take account of that consideration in determining such an application. The Scottish Executive would certainly take account of such considerations.
I acknowledge the importance of angling interests to the Scottish rural economy in constituencies such as Jamie Stone's.
I draw members' attention to the consultation document that I published on Tuesday this week, on protecting and promoting Scotland's freshwater fisheries and fish. This is an important issue for the whole country. I hope that members will encourage angling associations and clubs to contribute to that consultation. This is an industry and an interest with great potential for our rural