Scottish salmon is not just UK shoppers’ number one fish of choice, it is also Britain's top food export, enjoyed by consumers in more than 50 countries.
It is the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation's (SSPO) job to help create the conditions for the long-term, sustainable growth of the sector and to give more consumers, at home and abroad, the chance to enjoy this world renowned, low-fat, healthy protein.
We represent every company farming salmon in Scotland, championing the sector’s interests. We also work with our members, the UK and Scottish governments and regulators to help shape the regulatory environment so both Scotland and our members can thrive.
The SSPO is governed by a board drawn from leaders in our membership with an independent chair. Our top priorities are to:
- Support work to transform the regulatory framework for salmon farming in Scotland to one that is highly regarded, trusted by stakeholders and unlocks the sustainable growth of the sector.
- Develop a sector vision to ensure Scottish salmon is at the forefront of sustainability
- Improve understanding of the Scottish salmon farming sector and offer open and transparent insight into how it operates.
Salmon farming is a major economic success story, particularly for the sparsely populated areas along the west coast and up into our islands. Founded about 50 years ago, the Scottish salmon farming sector now accounts for about 40 per cent by value of Scottish food exports.
Salmon is an outstanding example of a ‘good food’, both in terms of its exceptional nutritional value and its standards of production. It has been awarded EU PGI status, marking its quality and distinctive origins. It was also one of the earliest international food products to be awarded the coveted French Label Rouge designation.