Aquaculture for all

Scottish salmon tops seafood export table

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Farmed salmon made up 56 percent of Scotland’s fish and seafood exports last year, and 41 percent of the domestic fish and seafood sales, according to HMRC data published today.

Scottish exports of all fish and seafood were valued at £1.04 billion in 2022, which is 2 per cent higher than 2021. Fresh, whole Scottish salmon export sales of £578 million were down just six per cent on 2021 (£614 million).

The EU accounted for almost 64 per cent of sales, with the US and Chinese markets remaining popular.

The volume of fish transported overseas fell by 26 per cent, reflecting tight supplies globally and more Scottish salmon being sold in the UK domestic market - which is valued at around £1.2 billion-a-year.

UK seafood exports 2019-2022

Tavish Scott, chief executive of Salmon Scotland, said in a press release: “Despite a series of economic challenges last year, Scottish salmon farmers continued to meet international demand for the UK’s most popular food export. This is a phenomenal success story that we can all be very proud of, supporting thousands of jobs in remote areas of the country and contributing hundreds of millions of pounds towards public services. Scottish salmon is rightly recognised as the best in the world, and is one of the most nutritious products we can eat. With further responsible and sustainable growth, and with the support of both the Scottish and UK governments, we can continue to build on this success.”

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