Aquaculture is an increasingly important industry for Scotland, helping to sustain economic growth in the rural and coastal communities of the North and West.

According to the Scottish Government, aquaculture contributes over £1.8 billion turnover and over 8,000 jobs to Scotland. Our respected aquaculture businesses and researchers also contribute to Scotland’s reputation abroad.

The aquaculture industry in Scotland involves the farming or culturing of fish, molluscs, crustaceans and seaweed. The industry is led by Atlantic salmon farming, but also produces significant quantities of rainbow trout and mussels.

Current annual production of salmon in Scotland is about 160,000 tonnes, generating global retail sales of more than £1 billion and making Scotland the largest producer of salmon in the EU. Fresh salmon is exported to over 50 countries.

Scotland is rightly proud of its aquaculture industry, but there is scope to do more.  Innovation in aquaculture could boost industry revenues and sustainability, improve food security and counter threats such as overseas competition and emerging diseases.

The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) was established in 2014, tasked with promoting and funding such innovation.  To learn about how we’re doing this, see What We Do.

The Scottish Governments Strategic Framework for Scottish Aquaculture can be found at:
 www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/marine/Fish-Shellfish/18364

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