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International recognition of quality and provenance
- Scottish farmed salmon has held the French Government’s top quality award, Label Rouge, for the past 24 years. It was the first non-French food to receive this accolade
- Scottish farmed salmon has been awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status by the European Commission, setting it alongside Champagne, Arbroath Smokies and Parma Ham
UK salmon market
- Salmon is the UK’s most popular form of seafood
- Sales of fresh salmon in the UK increased by 6% in the year to April 2016, reaching a value of £762.8M (source: Nielsen)
- 1 million smoked salmon meals are eaten in the UK every week
- Fresh fish is the fastest growing protein source and salmon is the top selling fish in the fresh category
- Salmon is Scotland’s largest food export
- The worldwide retail value of Scottish farmed salmon is over £1 billion
- Over 50 countries imported fresh Scottish salmon in 2015
- USA is the largest export market for Scottish farmed salmon, followed by France
Salmon tops the RSPCA Assured chart
- Scottish farmed salmon tops the RSPCA Assured chart, with an impressive 70% of production participating in the stringent animal welfare scheme.
- The higher welfare scheme for farmed animals from the leading animal charity covers every stage of a farm animal’s life, including husbandry, stocking density, handling, transportation and harvesting.
- Salmon is by far the largest sector to have invested in the scheme
Increasing importance to the economy
- Capital invested by the salmon industry reached a total of £53.3M in 2014. The Highlands and Islands continue to be the most significant beneficiary
- SSPO member companies created 57 jobs in 2014, bringing the total directly employed to 2257
- Over £570M was spent by industry on suppliers and services in 2014
- 64% of SSPO member companies plan to expand their businesses
- 77% of SSPO member companies plan to increase staff over the next five years
- Scottish Government estimates that around 5,000 jobs are reliant on the aquaculture industry in Scotland
The only way to meet the surging demand for seafood
- Aquaculture now accounts for nearly 50% of the world’s food fish. In 1980 only 9% of the fish consumed by people came from aquaculture.
- The UN FAO reports that sustainable aquaculture is the only way to meet the surging demand for seafood.