Facts & Figures

International recognition of quality and provenance

  • Scottish farmed salmon has held the French Government’s top quality award, Label Rouge, for the past 25 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 shopper’s most popular form of seafood
  • Sales of fresh salmon in the UK increased by 4.4% in 2016, reaching a value of £769.4M (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

Export performance of Scottish farmed salmon

  • 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 2016
  • 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 £63.1M in 2015. The Highlands and Islands continue to be the most significant beneficiary
  • SSPO member companies created 130 jobs in 2015, with a total of 2188 people directly employed in the industry
  • £563M was spent by industry on suppliers and services in 2015
  • 55% of companies in the industry plan to expand their businesses
  • 50% of SSPO member companies plan to increase staff over the next five years
  • Around 8,000 jobs are reliant on the UK aquaculture industry

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.