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09/09/13 09:28

Scottish fish farm production survey 2012

Statistics news release

Marine Scotland Science today published the Scottish Fish Farm Production Survey 2012. The publication details statistics on the employment, production and fish escapes from Scottish Fish Farms. It is structured to follow industry trends within the trout, salmon and other farmed species sectors. Some statistics are given for the 21-year period 1992-2012.

The main findings are;

  • Production tonnage of Atlantic salmon increased by 2.7% in 2012 to 162,223 tonnes. This is the highest recorded production since 2003 and follows on from a 2.5% increase in 2011.
  • Production tonnage of rainbow trout increased by 22.8% in 2012 to 5,670 tonnes. This follows on from a 10.1% reduction in 2011.
  • Brown trout/sea trout production decreased from 61 tonnes in 2011 to 42 tonnes in 2012.

Notes to editors

The full statistical publication can be accessed at:

The survey is compiled from data collected directly from authorised fish farming companies

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: