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Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2014

Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2014

Monday, May 18, 2015

ISBN: 9781785443312

This report is based on the returns of an annual survey questionnaire sent to all active authorised shellfish farming businesses in Scotland.

Executive Summary

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.