Scottish Fish Farm Production Survey 2020

This report is based on the returns of an annual survey questionnaire sent to all active authorised fish farming businesses in Scotland during 2020. Statistics on employment, production and value are presented.

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The annual production survey of fish farms in Scotland for 2020 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. 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 2020 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. The author also acknowledges Liam Mason, Joanne Murphy, Sandy Murray, Keith Mutch, Ed Noble, Mhairi Sinclair, Ronald Smith, Stuart Wallace and Andrea Warwick for their contributions to the production of this report.

L A Munro

September 2021



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