This report is based on the returns of an annual survey questionnaire sent to all active authorised shellfish farming businesses in Scotland. The cooperation of the shellfish farming industry is gratefully acknowledged.
Production survey questionnaires were sent to 153 businesses registered as active during 2012. All return forms were received. During 2012, four businesses became authorised while six businesses’ authorisation ended.
The survey showed that, of the 153 businesses authorised at the end of 2012, 73 recorded no sales during that year. These 153 authorised businesses farmed 330 active sites, of which 163 (49%) placed shellfish on the market. Shellfish production by business and site is presented.