About the Sector

Quick facts on Scottish aquaculture:

Scottish salmon is the largest component of the Scottish aquaculture industry. Approximately 170,000 tonnes are produced on farms each year.

In the UK, around one million meals are eaten daily with fresh salmon and one million meals a week with smoked salmon.

Scotland is the world’s third largest producer of farmed salmon (behind Norway and Chile). However, its global market share has declined by almost a half over the past 20 years as competitors’ growth has outstripped Scotland’s.

Scottish Government figures record 8,800 jobs supported by the aquaculture sector in Scotland.

The value of Scottish salmon export sales alone is around £450 million, making it Scotland’s top food export (and the UK’s second largest food export).

Scottish Government statistics state that the contribution of the entire aquaculture supply chain (farming, equipment, inputs etc) to the Scottish economy is around £1.8 billion per year.

The strategy forecasts by 2030 an increase in salmon production to around 350,000 tonnes per annum and, for shellfish, an increase to 21,000 tonnes. It also forecasts a rise in jobs to around 18,000 by 2030.

Scottish shellfish production (mostly mussels) is around 8,000 tonnes per annum