In 2013, 6,757 tonnes of mussels were produced for the table market in Scotland. This was despite the toxin issues which caused a number of producers to voluntarily suspend commercial production for several months during 2013;
Mussel and Pacific oysters remain the main species produced in terms of both value and tonnage. Mussel production increased by 8% while Pacific oyster table production decreased by 30% during 2013;
Production of Pacific oysters for on-growing has significantly increased (95%) in 2013 as new markets, home and abroad, have been established;
There has been an increase in queen scallop production but a decrease in scallop production, production for on-growing of both queens and scallops has increased since 2012;
Native oyster production dropped from 317,000 to 260,000 shells in 2013. The sector continues to target a strong niche market;
Employment levels showed a decrease of 7% from the previous year, with 333 full, part-time and casual staff being employed during 2013.
The Scottish shellfish farming industry is estimated to be worth £8.9 million at first sale value.