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09/09/13 09:40

Continued growth for farmed salmon

Scottish salmon production highest since 2003

In 2012 Scottish farmed salmon production was at its highest level in nine years, with 162, 223 tonnes produced, statistics published today revealed.

The farmgate value of farmed salmon was £537 million last year. The rise in production of 2.7 per cent from 2011 continues the increases over recent years.

The Environment and Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse said:

“Scotland is world renowned for delicious, high quality and healthy farmed fish and shellfish products. We are recognised around the world for best practice in aquaculture. Salmon is our largest food export and I am pleased with the continued growth in production in 2012.

“The number of people working in the aquaculture industry has also increased by 5 per cent with over 1,500 people across Scotland being employed, many of which are located in remote and rural communities.

“The Scottish Government fully supports the sustainable growth of the sector with due regard to the marine environment – as demonstrated in our Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2013. This will enable Scotland to deliver on 2020 aquaculture sustainable growth targets as set out in the recent Marine Plan Consultation document. I look forward to engaging further with the sector and key stakeholders on the development of the sector through the Ministerial Group on Sustainable Aquaculture.”

Notes to editors

The Scottish Farm Production Survey 2012 finds that total farmed salmon production during 2012 increased by 4,205 tonnes (2.7 per cent) on the 2011 level of 158,018 tonnes. Find out more at:

The Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act will be commenced on 16 September 2013. The Act will ensure that farmed and wild fisheries are managed effectively, maximising their combined contribution to supporting sustainable economic growth with due regard to the wider marine environment. Find out more at:

Scotland’s National Marine Plan consultation published on 25 July 2013 included industry targets to grow marine finfish production sustainably to 210,000 tonnes (159,269 T in 2011) and shellfish production - especially mussels - to 13,000 tonnes (6525 T in 2012) by 2020.

The farmgate value of farmed salmon was £537 million in 2012. This was achieved as global salmon prices fell sharply from the final quarter of 2011 and remained subdued through 2012. Current prices have been regaining ground since the final quarter of 2012 although they are still below the peaks of 2011 (source: FAO Globefish)