Aquaculture is a key sector contributing to sustainable economic growth in Scotland. It provides skilled employment, particularly in some of our most fragile and remote rural and coastal communities and has significant potential to contribute further.
The estimated total output of the sector in 2015, covering finfish and shellfish production, was around 188,000 tonnes worth an estimated £670 million (at farm gate prices).
Farmed salmon production was worth £638 million (at farm gate prices) to the Scottish economy in 2015. Export sales in 2015 were estimated to be worth around £500 million. Salmon is Scotland’s top food export.
Much of aquaculture production is focused on the West and North of the country. It supports remote and rural communities in those areas and provides around 2,100 jobs (full-time equivalent) directly.
The Scottish Government shares Scotland’s aquaculture industry vision:
To grow marine finfish production sustainably to 210,000 tonnes and;
To increase shellfish production (especially mussels) to 13,000.
Source : Marine Scotland