Record Production Of Scottish Farmed Salmon

In 2021, Scotland’s fish farms produced a 7% increase in Salmon. The total number of smolts – young salmon – increased by 0.7million to 51.2million.

Tavish Scott, chief executive of Salmon Scotland, said:

“2021 was a record year for Scottish salmon and that is credit to the hard-working farmers and everyone in our sector who rose to the challenge of meeting demand for our world-renowned fish.

“Farm-raised Scottish salmon is a global success story that Scotland can take pride in.  We put the best-tasting and healthiest protein product on people’s plates and deliver the highest environmental and welfare standards.

“Our sector supports more than 2,500 direct and 10,000 indirect jobs, most of which are in some of the country’s most fragile coastal communities, generating hundreds of millions of pounds for our economy.

“All this has been achieved despite the challenges of Covid and Brexit. With the right government support – streamlined regulation, a more business-friendly approach to immigration, and action to tackle rural housing shortages – we can deliver further sustainable growth.”

There was also an increase in the production of farmed Rainbow Trout.

  • In 2021, production of Atlantic salmon increased by 13,264 tonnes (7%) to 205,393 tonnes. This is the highest level of production recorded in Scotland.
  • The total number of smolts produced in 2021 increased by 0.7 million (1%) to 51.2 million.
  • Production tonnage of rainbow trout increased by 8% in 2021 to 8,156 tonnes. This is the second highest level of rainbow trout production recorded in Scotland.
  • Brown and sea trout production decreased from 24 tonnes in 2020 to 23 tonnes in 2021.
  • The total number of staff employed in marine salmon production during 2021 decreased by 135 to 1,495 staff.

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Fiona Grahame

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  1. This is the worst kind of factory farming and would not be tolerated if it was more visible to the public.
    If the Scottish Government was true to its pronouncements about caring for the environment it should restrict the proliferation of these farms and condem those who fail inspection.

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