Facts & Figures

International recognition of quality and provenance

  • Scottish farmed salmon has held the French Government’s top quality award, Label Rouge, for the past23 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

The growth in the UK salmon market

  • Sales of fresh salmon in the UK increased by 11% in the year to June 2013, reaching 37,240 tonnes
  • 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

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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 60countries imported fresh Scottish salmon in 2014
  • USA is the largest export market for Scottish farmed salmon, followed by France

Salmon tops the RSPCA’s Freedom Food chart

  • Scottish farmed salmon tops the RSPCA’s Freedom Food 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