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Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2016

Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2016

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

ISBN: 9781786529770

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 2016, 7,732 tonnes of mussels were produced for the table market, this is the highest level of mussel production recorded in Scotland;

Mussel and Pacific oysters remain the main species produced in terms of value and tonnage with production increasing by 6% and 31% respectively during 2016;

During 2016, over 4.6 million Pacific oyster shells were produced for on-growing showing that markets both home and abroad are well established;

There has been an increase in both queen scallop production (33,000 to 155,000 shells) and scallop production (30,000 to 35,000 shells) since 2015;

Native oyster production increased very slightly from 200,000 to 201,000 shells in 2016. The sector continues to target a strong niche market;

Employment levels showed a decrease of 8% from the previous year, with 318 full, part-time and casual staff being employed during 2016.

The Scottish shellfish farming industry is estimated to be worth approximately £11.7 million at first sale value.