Response in relation to the Scottish Fish Farm Production Survey 2015:
Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation said:
“Last year saw the second highest production of salmon farming ever delivered in Scotland. Year to year fluctuations are to be expected. However, the trend remains generally positive with a production estimate of something around 177,000 tonnes this year.
“Tonnage was down slightly in 2015 because we harvested the salmon at a smaller size. This was mainly because there were some environmental issues like jellyfish and algal blooms which are damaging to fish health.
“During that same year, we also saw significant developments in the farming of lumpsuckers and wrasse which live alongside salmon to keep them healthy. This comes after many years of research and development so it’s great to see that investment offering another environmentally friendly way of looking after our salmon”.