In 2017, 8,232 tonnes of mussels were produced for the table market, this is the highest level of mussel production recorded in Scotland;
Mussel and Pacific oyster remain the main species produced in terms of value and tonnage with production tonnage increasing by 6% and 42% respectively during 2017;
During 2017, over 3.8 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 (155,000 to 273,000 shells) and scallop production (35,000 to 47,000 shells) since 2016;
There was a small decrease in the production of native oysters from 201,000 to 200,000 shells in 2017. The sector continues to target a strong niche market;
Employment levels increased by 4% from the previous year, with 328 full, part-time and casual staff being employed during 2017.
The Scottish shellfish farming industry is estimated to be worth approximately £12.4 million at first sale value, an increase of 6%.