Scot­tish salmon ex­ports up 17%

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

EX­PORTS of Scot­tish farmed salmon rose 17 per cent by value last year to £451 mil­lion, with a big re­cov­ery in sales into the Euro­pean Union, up by more than a third on 2015.

The new fig­ures, from HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms, show that the ton­nage of ex­ported salmon fell from 100,000 tonnes in 2014 to 83,400 tonnes in 2015.And last year, it fell by 10 per cent, to 74,600 tonnes.

The decline is largely due to a fall in the sup­ply and a re­duced av­er­age size, caused by sea lice and dis­ease.

But the Scot­tish Salmon Pro­duc­ers’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion (SSPO) claims re­cent ev­i­dence sug­gests that fish health is im­prov­ing, and it ex­pects an in­crease of 15,000 to 20,000 tonnes in pro­duc­tion this year. If that hap­pens, it could make 2017 a record ex­port year.

Around 52 per cent of salmon farmed in Scot­land is con­sumed in the UK. Ex­ports into the EU were up 37 per cent to £204 mil­lion last year. France is the big­gest sin­gle EU mar­ket.

The ex­port value fell from £494 mil­lion in 2014, to £386 mil­lion last year, mainly be­cause of the col­lapse of the Nor­we­gian kro­ner, which made im­ports from Norway cheaper.

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