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 and 2 Sea trout)
- Shellfish production (especially mussels) to 13,000 tonnes (in 2013, it was 6,757 tonnes)
For more information please see the Marine Scotland Aquaculture web site.
The Aquaculture Infrastructure Map has been created to support discussions about aquaculture developments that may help to increase aquaculture productivity in Scotland. The map is designed to assist strategic planning for this industry. The map offers an updatable snapshot of the existing aquaculture infrastructure in a national context.
Relevant information such as main roads and ferry routes have also been included.
The map has been created in a PDF document, this allows the included layers to be clicked on or off. When the map is first opened all the layers are “on” and the viewer can then choose which ones are to be made visible by clicking on the “eye” icon. A PowerPoint document, also included, gives instructions on how to use the map.
The map will be updated regularly with new information from Marine Scotland’s aquaculture database. Updated information can also be received from stakeholders.
The sources of information that have been used are attached to the map itself and can be seen by scrolling down once the interactive map PDF document is opened.
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