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New strategy to boost seafood industry

UK - A unique and untested partnership to prepare Shetlands most important indigenous industry for future challenges was launched yesterday afternoon (Tuesday).

The strategy for a successful and sustainable seafood industry was drawn up by representatives from industry bodies and local government agencies over the last two years.

The aim is to help the various sectors of the industry develop, to survive in an increasingly competitive market place, and to target niche markets where higher prices can be achieved for a prime product.

The isles seafood industries is made up of a buoyant pelagic fishing and processing sector, an large aquaculture farming and processing sector that has survived the crisis a few years ago and is now strongly developing into organic salmon as well as new species such as cod, a whitefish sector that is slowly recovering, a strong and important mussel farming industry, as well as large fleet of smaller vessels targeting high value species such as scallops or langoustines.

The industry is worth around £200 million and provides around a quarter of all jobs in the isles.

Source: Shetland Marine News

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