Scotland's Marine Economic Statistics 2021

Statistics on the economic contributions of Scotland’s marine sectors in 2021. Includes a time series of Gross Value Added (GVA), turnover and employment for marine sectors. The supporting documents include: additional tables in an excel file and a pdf version of the publication

Seafood processing

Seafood processing includes the processing and preserving of fish, crustaceans, and molluscs. While fish processing is mainly land based, it is highly dependent on fish landed from Scottish waters. So, fish processing has been included within the marine economy. Scottish Annual Business Statistics is the source of the seafood processing data. See Data and Methodology for more information.

In 2021, Seafood processing generated £406 million GVA: 0.27% of the Scottish economy and 9% of the marine economy GVA. Seafood processing employed 7,600 people, 0.29% of Scottish employment and 11% of marine economy employment.

In 2021, the GVA from seafood processing increased by 14% from the previous year. The longer term trend, from 2012 to 2021, increased by 25%. Employment decreased by 1% between 2012 and 2021.

Figure 6. Seafood processing GVA increased from a low of £326 million in 2012 to a high of £482 milion in 2014. From 2015 to 2021, the GVA remained stable at around £400 million.

Seafood processing GVA by year, 2012 to 2021

Line graph showing seafood processing GVA by year, 2012 to 2021. From 2015 to 2021, the GVA remained stable at around £400 million.

A geographic breakdown of seafood processing economic data is not available.



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