Scot­tish sal­mon pro­duc­tion drops…but hopes high for next year

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News | All The Latest Industry News -

SCOT­TISH sal­mon pro­duc­tion fell by 33,682 tonnes, or 17.8 per cent, last year to 156,025 tonnes, with the re­duc­tion at­trib­uted to fewer fish in the wa­ter.

But the pro­jected es­ti­mate for 2019 sug­gests an in­crease to 190,499 tonnes, ac­cord­ing to the an­nual Scot­tish fish farm pro­duc­tion sur­vey.

Com­ment­ing on the fig­ures, Julie Hes­keth-Laird, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the SSPO, said: ‘The an­tic­i­pated dip in pro­duc­tion in 2018 was the re­sult of a one-off ad­just­ment by farm­ers on stock­ing the year be­fore to en­sure con­trol over some bi­o­log­i­cal is­sues which had been wit­nessed in pre­vi­ous years. The re­sult was that in 2018 there were fewer fish in the wa­ter to har­vest.

‘The out­look for 2019 is good, with pro­duc­tion pre­dicted to be up be­cause of ad­justed stock­ing lev­els and good con­tin­ued man­age­ment of fish health, and in line with the gen­eral trend of growth which has char­ac­terised the Scot­tish sal­mon sec­tor over the last few years.’

The sur­vey also re­vealed that the to­tal num­ber of staff in ma­rine sal­mon pro­duc­tion in 2018 in­creased by 77 to 1,466. Full time staff in­creased by 95 to 1,415 while part time staff de­creased by 18 to 51.

In 2018, fresh­wa­ter pro­duc­tion was un­der­taken by 24 busi­nesses at 71 sites. The num­ber of busi­nesses op­er­at­ing re­mained the same as in 2017 while the num­ber of ac­tive sites de­creased by eight com­pared with 2017.

The to­tal num­ber of smolts pro­duced in 2018 in­creased by 945,000 (two per cent) to 47.1 mil­lion.

The num­ber of ova laid down to hatch in­creased by 7.2 per cent to 70.5 mil­lion, with the ma­jor­ity of th­ese (87 per cent) be­ing de­rived from for­eign sources. In 2018, some 23,000 ova were ex­ported.

The to­tal num­ber of staff in fresh­wa­ter pro­duc­tion in 2018 de­creased by 13 from the 2017 fig­ure with 278 em­ployed (239 full time and 39 part time).

In 2018, fresh­wa­ter pro­duc­tion was un­der­taken by 12 busi­nesses farm­ing 221 ac­tive sites. This is the same num­ber of busi­nesses seen in 2017 but a de­crease of five ac­tive site com­pared with 2017.

In 2018, rain­bow trout pro­duc­tion was car­ried out by 23 busi­nesses op­er­at­ing 53 ac­tive sites. To­tal pro­duc­tion in 2018 de­creased by 1,224 tonnes (16 per cent) to 6,413 tonnes. The num­ber of ova laid down to hatch de­creased by 723,000 (10 per cent) on the 2017 fig­ure to 6,318,000.

The num­ber of staff em­ployed in rain­bow trout pro­duc­tion 2018 in­creased by four to 136 peo­ple.

The Scot­tish aquacultur­e in­dus­try has con­tin­ued to farm other species of fish dur­ing 2018. Brown/sea trout pro­duc­tion de­creased by 41 tonnes to 20 tonnes. There was also pro­duc­tion of hal­ibut dur­ing 2018 but this fig­ure can­not be shown with­out re­veal­ing the pro­duc­tion of an in­di­vid­ual busi­ness.

In 2018, lump­sucker and var­i­ous species of wrasse were cul­tured for use as a bi­o­log­i­cal con­trol for par­a­sites. In to­tal, 553,000 lump­suck­ers and 103,000 wrasse were pro­duced, with 1.5 mil­lion and 37.0 mil­lion ova be­ing laid down to hatch re­spec­tively.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.