In 2015 7,270 tonnes of mussels were produced for the table market in Scotland. This is the second highest level of mussel production recorded in Scotland;
Mussel and Pacific oysters remain the main species produced in terms of value and tonnage although production decreased by 5% and 21% respectively during 2015;
During 2015, over 5 million Pacific oyster shells were produced for on-growing showing that markets both home and abroad are well established;
There has been an 83% increase in queen scallop production and a 38% decrease in scallop production since 2014;
Native oyster production dropped from 242,000 to 200,000 shells in 2015. The sector continues to target a strong niche market;
Employment levels showed a decrease of 0.3% from the previous year, with 344 full, part-time and casual staff being employed during 2015.
The Scottish shellfish farming industry is estimated to be worth £10.1 million at first sale value.