Aquaculture is an increasingly important industry for Scotland, helping to sustain economic growth in the rural and coastal communities of the north and west. Involving the farming or culturing of fish, molluscs, crustaceans and seaweed, aquaculture produces our most valuable food export. The Scottish aquaculture industry is led by Atlantic salmon farming, but also produces significant quantities of rainbow trout and mussels.

The Scottish Government supports Scotland’s aquaculture industry to achieve sustainable growth targets, with due regard to the marine environment, by 2020. The targets are to increase:

  • Marine finfish production sustainably to 210,000 tonnes
    (In 2013, it was 165,256 tonnes - 163,234 salmon, 1,964 Marine rainbow trout, 56 Halibut an 2 Sea trout)
  • Shellfish production (especially mussels) to 13,000 tonnes
    (In 2013, it was 6,757 tonnes)

Aqua 1

Aquaculture Strategy

Scottish Aquaculture

Find out more about the Framework and its themes

EU & International

Aquaculture Bill

Read about Scotland's role in European & International Aquaculture

Fish Health


Information and details about the work of the Inspectorate

Aqua 2

Running a Fish Farm

Running a Fish Farm

Information and details about how to set up and run a fish farm

Working Groups


Find out about the roles of the different working groups on Aquaculture

Historial Working Group 

Science & Research


Read about the role of science in Aquaculture and the Marine Environment