Aquaculture is an increasingly important industry for Scotland, helping to sustain economic growth in the rural and coastal communities of the north and west. Involving the farming or culturing of fish, molluscs, crustaceans and seaweed, aquaculture produces our most valuable food export. The Scottish aquaculture industry is led by Atlantic salmon farming, but also produces significant quantities of Rainbow trout and mussels.
The Scottish Government supports the Aquaculture Industry Leadership Group as it seeks to deliver the industry’s growth strategy by 2030. The strategy aims to:
double the economic contribution of the sector from £1.8 billion in 2016, to £3.6 billion by 2030
double the number of jobs to 18,000 by 2030