Introduction to the Year 2017 Survey
This report is based on the returns of an annual survey questionnaire sent to all active authorised shellfish farming businesses in Scotland. The cooperation of the shellfish farming industry is gratefully acknowledged. The report authors also acknowledge Alan Christie, Sandy Murray, Keith Mutch, Sarah Payne, Ronald Smith and Andrea Warwick for their contributions to the production of this report.
Production survey questionnaires were sent to 132 businesses registered as active during 2017 ( see Appendix 1). All return forms were received. During 2017, six businesses became authorised and four businesses rescinded their authorisation.
The survey showed that, of the 132 businesses authorised at the end of 2017, 73 recorded sales during that year. These 132 authorised businesses farmed 332 active sites, of which 176 (53%) placed shellfish on the market. Shellfish production by business and site is presented.
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