Salmon is our largest food export and I welcome the continued growth in production and value in 2011

Paul Wheelhouse
Minister for Environment, September 2012



The third largest producer of farmed salmon in the world.

At 158,018 tonnes, Scottish salmon production in 2011 was worth £584.7 million.  The rise in production of 2.5 per cent in 2011 follows steady increases over recent years.

Commenting on the Scottish Fish Farm Production Survey 2011, Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse said:

“Scotland has a world renowned reputation for high quality, delicious and healthy farmed fish and shellfish. Salmon is our largest food export and I welcome the continued growth in production and value in 2011.

“Fish farming is a key food sector for Scotland, providing an important contribution to the economy – particularly in remote and rural communities in the west coast and Northern Isles. The industry employs almost 1,500 people, while many more jobs are underpinned by aquaculture indirectly.

“We support the industry’s ambitions for sustainable growth – as demonstrated by our intention to bring forward an Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill – and we are working with them to keep the focus on minimising the impact on the marine environment and adopting best practices. More than 60 per cent of Scottish farmed salmon now has the RSPCA’s Freedom Foods accreditation, which is a great endorsement and selling point.”




(tonnes WFE)

1989 28,553 2000 128,959
1990 32,351 2001 138,519
1991 40,593 2002 144,589
1992 36,101 2003 169,736
1993 48,691 2004 158,099
1994 64,066 2005 129,588
1995 70,060 2006 131,847
1996 83,121 2007 129,930
1997 99,197 2008 128,606
1998 110,784 2009 144,247
1999 126,686 2010 154,164


 (source: Scottish Fish Farms Annual Production Survey 2010 - Marine Scotland Science)

In line with the expanding markets, the Scottish salmon industry plans to increase production by an average of 3-5% per annum over the next five years. This sustainable industry growth will be accompanied by developments in farming systems and equipment designs, including new technology which will allow farms to operate further offshore. This will involve substantial industry investment and the creation of jobs in remote areas of the Highlands and Islands.