The annual production survey of fish farms in Scotland for 2019 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. These are Official Statistics published in accordance with the Code of Practice for official Statistics, https://gss.civilservice.gov.uk/policy-store/code-of-practice-for-statistics/. 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 1st January to 31st December 2019 are summarised in this report and returns are consistently received from 100% of companies. 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, especially given the COVID-19 pandemic. The author also acknowledges Alan Christie, Liam Mason, Sandy Murray, Keith Mutch, Chahat Sekhon, Mhairi Sinclair, Ronald Smith, Stuart Wallace and Andrea Warwick for their contributions to the production of this report.
L A Munro