Scottish shellfish. (Photo: Peter Johnson/Copyright: FIS)
Scottish farmed shellfish production drops in 2015
Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 22:10 (GMT + 9)
Marine Scotland Science has published the Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2015, which details statistics on the employment, production and value of shellfish from Scotland's shellfish farms.
The publication is structured to follow industry trends within the mussel, Pacific oyster, native oyster, queen scallop and scallop species sectors. Some statistics are given for the 10-year period 2006-2015.
The report shows that mussel and Pacific oysters remain the main species produced in terms of value and tonnage although production decreased during 2015.
The main findings are:
- Production tonnage of mussels dropped by 5 per cent from 7,683 tonnes in 2014 to 7,270 tonnes in 2015. This is the second highest level of mussel production recorded in Scotland;
- Production of Pacific oyster shells decreased by 21 per cent from the 2014 total. Additionally, over 5 million shells were produced for on-growing in other waters;
- There has been an 83 per cent increase in queen scallop production and a 38 per cent decrease in scallop production since 2014;
- Native oyster production dropped from 242,000 to 200,000 shells in 2015. The sector continues to target a strong niche market;
- Employment levels decreased by 0.3 per cent from 2014, with 344 full, part-time and casual staff employed in 2015;
- Overall estimated value of the industry was calculated to be approximately GBP 10.1 million in 2015.