Record year for Scot­tish salmon pro­duc­tion

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PRO­DUC­TION of Scot­tish farmed salmon has leapt to its high­est ever level, sta­tis­tics pub­lished last month re­vealed.

Ac­cord­ing to the Scot­tish Fish Farm Pro­duc­tion Sur­vey 2014 re­port, 179,022 tonnes of farmed At­lantic salmon was pro­duced in 2014. That is an in­crease of al­most 10 per cent on the pre­vi­ous year.

Rain­bow trout, hal­ibut and brown/sea trout pro­duc­tion also in­creased.

The es­ti­mated farm gate value of all fin fish was £733.4 mil­lion last year, an in­crease of 6.2 per cent com­pared to the pre­vi­ous 12 months.

Scot­tish en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Aileen McLeod said: ‘If in­dus­try’s sus­tain­able growth tar­gets are met this value will rise to well over £2 bil­lion a year and sup­port 10,000 jobs by 2020.’

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