Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2023

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.


Active Sites: Farms in a production growing cycle which may contain stock or be fallow.

Inactive sites: Farms not in a production cycle, without stock and not to be used by the company in the foreseeable future.

Authorised business: Any shellfish production business authorised under Regulation 6 of the Aquatic Animal Health (Scotland) Regulation 2009 (as amended). See the Marine Directorate website for more details: Marine Directorate, Fish Health Inspectorate - (

Several Order: An area of the seabed severed from the public right to fish, in order to conserve or enhance named shellfish stocks.



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