How many people work in Scottish salmon farming?

In 2018 the Scottish salmon farming sector directly employed more than 2,300 people.

In the Highlands and Islands 904 people were permanently employed in full-time roles.

In Argyll and Bute the number stood at 446. But it's in some of the country's remotest areas where salmon farming really remains key to maintaining thriving rural communities.

On the Shetland Isles, 421 people out of a population of around 22,000 directly work full-time in the sector. It's a similar story for the Western Isles with 363 jobs and on Orkney where 161 people enjoy careers in salmon farming.

Around 10,000 other people working across Scotland in the supply chain also rely on the sector for their jobs, everyone from boat builders, hauliers, processors to ice manufacturers.

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