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Increase in Value for Scottish Shellfish Farming Industry

Lucy Towers
20 May 2014, at 1:00am

SCOTLAND, UK - Marine Scotland Science has published the Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2013. The report found that the production tonnage of mussels rose by eight per cent from 6,277 tonnes in 2012 to 6,757 tonnes in 2013.

Production of Pacific oyster shells decreased by 30 per cent from the 2012 total. Although Pacific oyster production for on-growing has significantly increased (95 per cent) from 3,190,000 shells in 2012 to 6,216,000 shells in 2013.

There has been an increase in queen scallop production but a decrease in scallop production, production for on-growing of both queens and scallops has increased since 2012.

Native oyster production dropped from 317,000 to 260,000 shells in 2013. The sector continues to target a strong niche market.

Employment levels decreased by seven per cent to 333 people from the 2012 total of 358, due to a reduction in the number of authorised businesses in 2013.

Overall estimated value of the industry increased to £8.9 million in 2013 from the 2012 total of £8.7 million.