In 2014 7,683 tonnes of mussels were produced for the table market in Scotland. This is the highest level of mussel production ever recorded in Scotland;
Mussel and Pacific oysters remain the main species produced in terms of value and tonnage. Mussel production increased by 14% while Pacific oyster production for the table increased by 79% during 2014;
The production of Pacific oysters for on-growing increased by 9% since 2013, supplying markets within and outwith Scottish waters;
There has been a decrease in queen scallop production (45%) but an increase in scallop production (20%). Both these sectors continue to target small niche markets;
Native oyster production decreased by 7% from 2013, however demand for this species continues to be high;
Employment levels showed a 4% increase from the previous year, with 345 full, part-time and casual staff being employed during 2014.
The Scottish shellfish farming industry is estimated to be worth £10.5 million at first sale value.