§ Mr. David Porter
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment his Department has made of the outcome of experimental cod farming in(a) Norway and (b) Scotland; and if he will make a statement on the viability of such farming for the United Kingdom domestic cod market.
§ Mr. Donald Thompson
Scientists of my Department have kept a close watch on cod farming experiments in Norway and Scotland. For the foreseeable future the farming of salmon, and the potential for farming higher value marine fish species such as turbot and halibut, are likely to prove more commercially viable.