The Mil­len­nium

How the salmon in­dus­try has been the driv­ing force be­hind the Scot­tish ex­port boom

Fish Farmer - - Contents -

As Scot­land’s largest salmon farm­ing com­pany cel­e­brates 50 years of pro­duc­tion this year, it’s worth look­ing back to re­flect on the many suc­cesses the in­dus­try has en­joyed over this short time. Born from an ex­per­i­men­tal con­cept, Scot­land’s salmon farm­ing in­dus­try has grown sus­tain­ably over the years to be­come Scot­land’s num­ber one food ex­port, and for the first time last year, it be­came the UK’s largest food ex­port.

Dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing it­self from other At­lantic salmon pro­duc­ing na­tions, qual­ity and full trace­abil­ity re­mains firmly at the fore­front, backed by the in­dus­try’s com­pre­hen­sive 500 point Code of Good Prac­tice stan­dards, which is held in the high­est re­gard by other aqua­cul­ture pro­duc­ing na­tions around the world.

Scot­tish salmon has been lead­ing the food ex­port revo­lu­tion as Scot­land be­comes in­creas­ingly recog­nised as a high qual­ity food pro­duc­ing na­tion. Although still as pop­u­lar at home, Scot­tish salmon was de­manded by over 65 coun­tries, grac­ing the ta­bles of some of the finest restau­rants in the world. Ex­ports reached £500m last year with the USA, France and China re­main­ing the most pop­u­lar ex­port des­ti­na­tions.

With its rep­u­ta­tion for qual­ity, taste and ver­sa­til­ity, cou­pled by the many health ben­e­fits it of­fers, in a world where eat­ing healthily is be­com­ing more and more im­por­tant, it should be no sur­prise that con­sumers are choos­ing Scot­tish salmon.

Scot­tish salmon was the first fish, and the first non-French prod­uct to be awarded the pres­ti­gious La­bel Rouge, a qual­ity mark awarded by the French Gov­ern­ment re­served for food con­sid­ered to be of ex­cep­tional qual­ity and taste. It also cel­e­brates 11 years of PGI (pro­tected ge­o­graph­i­cal in­di­ca­tion) this year, plac­ing it along­side Cham­pagne and whisky as prod­ucts of dis­tinct, re­gional char­ac­ter­is­tics.

To keep up with de­mand, the in­dus­try has worked tire­lessly to grow pro­duc­tion to al­most 165,000 tonnes. How­ever, more con­sents are re­quired if the in­dus­try is to re­main on course to reach the growth tar­get of 210,000 tonnes by 2020.

Scott Lands­burgh, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Scot­tish Salmon Pro­duc­ers’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion said:

‘The Scot­tish salmon in­dus­try is much ap­plauded in­ter­na­tional suc­cess is re­sult­ing in a pos­i­tive eco­nomic im­pact in Scot­land and es­pe­cially in the five key ar­eas where the in­dus­try op­er­ates.

‘For the past six years, SSPO has been re­port­ing eco­nomic suc­cess in the Scot­tish farmed salmon in­dus­try.’ Last year con­tin­ued this pos­i­tive mes­sage with heart­en­ing news on jobs and spend­ing on sup­pli­ers and ser­vices. This on­go­ing wealth cre­ation in some of the most re­mote ar­eas of

Last year Scot­tish salmon was de­manded by over 65 coun­tries, with

ex­ports reach­ing £500 mil­lion”

Scot­land demon­strates en­dur­ing eco­nomic sus­tain­abil­ity that the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment seeks from all sec­tors of the food in­dus­try.

‘Em­ploy­ment news is par­tic­u­larly good, with full-time jobs over­all grow­ing by 10 per cent, to reach over 2000 for the first time’, said Lands­burgh. ‘Part-time work has also in­creased by 13 per cent. With em­ploy­ees re­main­ing, on av­er­age, in their po­si­tion for 8.57 years, the in­dus­try stands out as one of Scot­land’s most trusted em­ploy­ers.’

Adding to this good news, there was a fur­ther climb in the num­ber of peo­ple tak­ing part in Mod­ern Ap­pren­tice­ships last year, tak­ing the of­fi­cial num­ber to 91.

Lands­burgh con­tin­ued: ‘Ap­pren­tices bring many ben­e­fits to busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als while adding to the vi­brancy of the Scot­tish econ­omy. They also help to safe­guard busi­ness sus­tain­abil­ity and of­fer a life­line for many re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.’

Clock­wise from top: More con­sents are re­quired if the 2020 growth tar­get is to be reached; Marine Harvest in­spect some salmon; Scot­tish salmon is served in the finest restau­rants world­wide; the in­dus­try is one of Scot­land’s most trusted em­ploy­ers

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.