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The value of aquaculture to Scotland 2017

New research has revealed that fish and shellfish farming contributes £620 million to the national economy every year.

26/06/2017

The value of aquaculture to Scotland 2017

New research has revealed that fish and shellfish farming contributes £620 million to the national economy every year.

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

Atlantic salmon production accounts for 90% of all economic impact, supporting 10,340 full-time equivalent jobs and generating £540 million in gross value added (GVA). The contribution of other fish and shellfish species like trout, mussels and oysters is also considered as part of the study.

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