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Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2015

Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2015

Monday, May 23, 2016

ISBN: 9781786522559

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 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.