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Scottish Fish Farm Production Survey 2014

This report is based on the returns of an annual survey questionnaire sent to all active authorised fish farming businesses in Scotland.

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4. Other Species

The Scottish aquaculture industry has continued to farm other species of fish during 2014. The production of brown trout ( Salmo trutta) showed a small increase, with the majority of the production being for the angling restocking market. The production of halibut ( Hippoglossus hippoglossus) increased while there was no production of Arctic charr ( Salvelinus alpinus) during 2014. There was production of cod ( Gadus morhua) but this figure cannot be shown without revealing the production for an individual company. Lumpsucker ( Cyclopterus lumpus)and several species of wrasse (Labridae) were also produced in 2014. The production of lumpsucker and wrasse are targeted at the marine Atlantic salmon industry where they are used as a biological control for parasites.

Company, Site and Production Data

Table 40: Number of companies and sites producing other species in 2014, production of other species (tonnes) during 2011-2014 and estimated production in 2015

Species No. of companies No. of sites 2011 Production tonnage 2012 Production tonnage 2013 Production tonnage 2014 Production tonnage 2015 Production tonnage*
Arctic charr 0 0 1.5 0.2 0 0 0
Brown trout/sea trout 13 17 61 42 44 48 66
Cod 1 1 0 0 t t
Halibut 2 4 83 73 56 66 100
Lumpsucker 4 4 0 0 0 5 7
Wrasse spp. 3 3 0 t 0.1 0.1 0.1

* Industry estimates based on stocks currently being on-grown.
t Production occurred but this cannot be shown without revealing the figure for an individual company.
∞ The estimated production for 2015 cannot be shown without revealing the figure for an individual company.

Staffing

Table 41: Number of staff employed in farming other species during 2005-2014

Year Full-time Part-time Total
2005 73 18 91
2006 92 17 109
2007 75 29 104
2008 80 44 124
2009 23 22 45
2010 19 24 43
2011 24 19 43
2012 25 21 46
2013 29 21 50
2014 29 20 49

In 2014, the overall number of staff employed in the production of other species decreased by one.

Ova Laid Down to Hatch

Table 42: Source of ova from other species laid down to hatch during 2014

Species Source of ova laid down to hatch (000's)
Own broodstock Other GB broodstock Foreign ova
Brown trout/sea trout 442 130 0
Halibut 5,000 0 1,000
Lumpsucker 0 1,064 120
Wrasse spp. 10,200 0 0

Trade in Small Fish

Table 43: Trade in small fish of other species in 2014

Species Bought (000's) Sold (000's)
Halibut 40 120
Brown trout/sea trout 89 107
Lumpsucker 14 47
Wrasse spp. <1 14

There was also a small amount of production of: brook charr ( Salvelinus fontinalis); carp ( Cyprinus carpio); sheepshead minnow ( Cyprinodon variegatus variegatus); tiger trout ( Salmo trutta) cross ( Salvelinus fontinalis); tilapia, ( Tilapia Spp.) and turbot ( Scophthalmus maximus). However, due to the small number of companies in production, it is not possible to summarise these data without revealing the production of individual companies.

Organic Production

Of the 29 sites recorded as producing other species in 2014, no organic production was reported.

Escapes

There were no reported escapes from sites rearing other species during 2014.

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