Salmon sec­tor could dou­ble says new re­port

Fish Farmer - - News -

THE Scot­tish salmon in­dus­try is fore­cast to pro­duce up to 400,000 tonnes a year by 2030, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port. This would be dou­ble cur­rent lev­els of pro­duc­tion.

Fish and shell­fish farm­ing al­ready con­trib­utes £620 mil­lion

to the na­tional econ­omy ev­ery year, claims the re­search.

The in­dus­try now sup­ports more than 12,000 jobs and Scot­tish aqua­cul­ture pro­duc­tion has in­creased by a third in the 10 years to 2015, from 142,000 to 188,000 tonnes, the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment and High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise (HIE) com­mis­sioned study re­ported.

At­lantic salmon pro­duc­tion ac­counts for 90 per cent of all eco­nomic im­pact, sup­port­ing 10,340 full-time equiv­a­lent jobs and gen­er­at­ing £540 mil­lion in gross value added (GVA).

Ru­ral econ­omy min­is­ter Fer­gus Ewing said: ‘Th­ese fig­ures are good news for Scot­tish aqua­cul­ture and show the sig­nif­i­cant so­cial con­tri­bu­tions the in­dus­try makes to re­mote ru­ral, is­land and coastal ar­eas by sup­port­ing high-skilled jobs, di­ver­si­fy­ing and pro­tect­ing com­mu­ni­ties.’

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