Scottish fish farm production survey 2016

Report based on returns of annual survey questionnaire sent to all active authorised fish farming businesses in Scotland.


The annual production survey of fish farms in Scotland for 2016 was carried out by Marine Scotland Science ( MSS). This survey collates annual production data from Scottish fin fish farm sites operated by authorised aquaculture production businesses. The production tonnage obtained is for the wet weight ( i.e. weight of live fish) at harvest.

Responses to questionnaires from Scottish fish farming companies covering the period 1 st January to 31 st December 2016 are summarised in this survey. The questionnaires are given in Appendix 1a-d. The survey is structured to allow readers to follow industry trends within the rainbow trout, Atlantic salmon and other farmed species sectors. Data from previous years have been reassessed and updated where necessary. To allow direct comparison to data provided in previous surveys, production information by region is presented in defined areas.

The cooperation of the Scottish fish farming industry in completing the questionnaires is gratefully acknowledged. The authors also acknowledge Alan Christie, Sonia Duguid, Helen McGregor, Keith Mutch, Sarah Payne, Mhairi Sinclair, Ronald Smith, Diane Spalding and Andrea Warwick for their contributions to the production of this report.

L A Munro
I S Wallace

September 2017


Email: Lorna Munro,

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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