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Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2021

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

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Appendix 2

Scottish marine regions
This is a map showing each of the Scottish Marine regions. The map is split into 11 areas around the coastline: Shetland isles, Orkney Isles, North Coast, Moray Firth, West Highlands, North East, Forth and Tay, Argyll, Clyde and Solway.

Mussel Production by Scottish Marine Region (Tonnage and Value)

Scottish Marine Region 2012 2013 2014
Tonnage Value £ Tonnage Value £ Tonnage Value £
Argyll & Clyde 323 469,642 770 1,101,870 755 1,056,245
Outer Hebrides 629 914,566 528 755,568 411 574,989
Shetland Isles 4,340 6,310,360 4,337 6,206,247 5,919 8,280,681
West Highlands, Moray Firth & North Coast 985 1,432,190 1,122 1,605,582 598 836,602
All Scotland 6,277 9,126,758 6,757 9,669,267 7,683 10,748,517
Scottish Marine Region 2015 2016 2017
Tonnage Value £ Tonnage Value £ Tonnage Value £
Argyll & Clyde 491 688,873 615 915,735 631 866,994
Outer Hebrides 718 1,007,354 727 1,082,503 396 544,104
Shetland Isles 5,565 7,807,695 5,686 8,466,454 6,647 9,132,978
West Highlands, Moray Firth & North Coast 496 695,888 704 1,048,256 558 766,692
All Scotland 7,270 10,199,810 7,732 11,512,948 8,232 11,310,768
Scottish Marine Region 2018 2019 2020
Tonnage Value £ Tonnage Value £ Tonnage Value £
Argyll & Clyde 442 554,268 363 360,822 425 400,350
Outer Hebrides 555 695,970 544 540,736 282 265,644
Shetland Isles 5,160 6,470,640 5,324 5,292,056 4,427 4,170,234
West Highlands, Moray Firth & North Coast 717 899,118 468 465,192 527 496,434
All Scotland 6,874 8,619,996 6,699 6,658,806 5,661 5,332,662
Scottish Marine Region 2021
Tonnage Value £
Argyll & Clyde 497 455,252
Outer Hebrides 389 356,324
Shetland Isles 6,850 6,274,600
West Highlands, Moray Firth & North Coast 854 782,264
All Scotland 8,590 7,868,440

Footnote – Figures for Argyll & Clyde and the West Highlands, Moray Firth & the North Coast have been merged due to commercial confidentiality. Average prices (real) have been adjusted for inflation based on 2021 price estimates.

Mussel Production by Scottish Marine Region
showing data of mussel production levels in tonnes from 2012 through to 2021. The data is split into the Scottish Marine Regions described in the map
Mussel Production Value (£) by Scottish Marine Region
showing the value of mussels production for the years 2012 through to 2021. The data is split into the Scottish Marine Regions described in the map

Pacific Oyster Production by Scottish Marine Region (Number of Shells and Value)

Scottish Marine Region 2012 2013 2014 2015
No. of Shells (000s) Value (£) No. of Shells (000s) Value (£) No. of Shells (000s) Value (£) No. of Shells (000s) Value (£)
Argyll 1,837 789,910 1,172 457,080 1,549 588,620 1,884 847,800
Clyde 485 208,550 331 129,090 404 153,520 249 112,050
Orkney Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Outer Hebrides 46 19,780 19 7,410 26 9,880 4 1,800
Shetland Isles & Orkney Islands 15 6,450 0 0 0 0 0 0
West Highlands & North Coast 323 138,890 369 143,910 1,413 536,940 556 250,200
All Scotland 2,706 1,163,580 1,891 737,490 3,392 1,288,960 2,693 1,211,850
Scottish Marine Region 2016 2017 2018 2019
No. of Shells (000s) Value (£) No. of Shells (000s) Value (£) No. of Shells (000s) Value (£) No. of Shells (000s) Value (£)
Argyll 1,774 798,300 2,857 1,285,650 1,672 685,520 2,274 841,380
Clyde 369 166,050 229 103,050 304 124,640 162 59,940
Orkney Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Outer Hebrides 70 31,500 149 67,050 268 109,880 411 152,070
Shetland Isles & Orkney Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
West Highlands & North Coast 1,321 594,450 1,799 809,550 1,787 732,670 1,546 572,020
All Scotland 3,534 1,590,300 5,034 2,265,300 4,031 1,652,710 4,393 1,625,410
Scottish Marine Region 2020 2021
No. of Shells (000s) Value (£) No. of Shells (000s) Value (£)
Argyll 1,002 350,700 1,929 713,730
Clyde 140 49,000 416 153,920
Orkney Islands 2 700 28 10,360
Outer Hebrides 85 29,750 383 141,710
Shetland Isles & Orkney Islands 75 0 0 0
West Highlands & North Coast 1,634 571,900 2,097 775,890
All Scotland 2,938 1,002,050 4,853 1,795,610

Footnote – Figures for West Highlands & the North Coast have been merged due to commercial confidentiality. Average prices (real) have been adjusted for inflation based on 2021 price estimates.

Pacific Oyster Production by Scottish Marine Region
showing data of Pacific oyster production by number of shells (thousands) from 2012 through to 2021. The data is split into the Scottish Marine Regions described in the map
Pacific Oyster Production Value (£) by Scottish Marine Region
showing the value of Pacific oyster production for the years 2012 through to 2021. The data is split into the Scottish Marine Regions described in the map

Other Scottish Shellfish Production (Number of Shells and Value)

Species 2012 2013 2014
No. of Shells (000s) Value (£) No. of Shells (000s) Value (£) No. of Shells (000s) Value (£)
Native Oyster 317 231,410 260 187,200 242 169,400
Queen Scallop 10 1,300 33 5,940 18 3,060
Scallop 58 78,300 40 61,600 48 72,000
All Scotland 385 311,010 333 254,740 308 244,460
Species 2015 2016 2017
No. of Shells (000s) Value (£) No. of Shells (000s) Value (£) No. of Shells (000s) Value (£)
Native Oyster 200 138,000 201 138,690 200 134,000
Queen Scallop 33 4,290 155 21,700 273 35,490
Scallop 30 65,400 35 81,550 47 96,820
All Scotland 263 207,690 391 241,940 520 266,310
Species 2018 2019 2020
No. of Shells (000s) Value (£) No. of Shells (000s) Value (£) No. of Shells (000s) Value (£)
Native Oyster 142 93,720 103 66,950 35 22,050
Queen Scallop 18 2,520 100 2,520 0.5 70
Scallop 31 62,620 26 51,740 19 46,550
All Scotland 191 158,860 229 121,210 95 68,670
Species 2021
No. of Shells (000s) Value (£)
Native Oyster 8 4,800
Queen Scallop 0.5 75
Scallop 27 62,370
All Scotland 36 67,245

Footnote – Other shellfish species including native oyster (Argyll & Solway), queen scallop (Clyde & West Highlands) and scallop (Argyll & West Highlands) were also produced however these figures cannot be attributed to Scottish Marine Regions due to commercial confidentiality. Average prices (real) have been adjusted for inflation based on 2021 price estimates.

Other Scottish Shellfish Production
showing data for native oyster, scallop and queen scallop production by number of shells (thousands) data from 2012 through to 2021 for the whole of Scotland
Other Scottish Shellfish Production Value (£)
showing the value of native oyster, scallop and queen scallop production for the years 2012 through to 2021 for the whole of Scotland

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