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There is general consensus that the aquaculture sector in Scotland has the potential to grow significantly in the coming years, in line with increasing global demand for fish and shellfish. One of the challenges to ensure this growth is the availability of a suitably skilled workforce to meet recruitment demands of aquaculture firms. As such, HIE, on behalf of the Aquaculture Industry Leadership Group (AILG), commissioned research to explore the current and future skills needs of the aquaculture sector and supply chain in Scotland.
The study was undertaken by ekosgen with Imani Development. It involved analysis of available data to assess the scale and nature of the aquaculture businesses base, workforce and education and skills pipeline, consultations with stakeholders and employers in the sector and supply chain, and an online survey of employers.
The report and executive summary can be downloaded below.