Julie Hesketh-Laird, chief executive of the SSPO, said:
“The long-term outlook for Scottish salmon production remains strong driven by focused investment by farmers. Farm-raised salmon spend more than 18 months at sea, allowing farmers to anticipate annual production levels. The anticipated dip in production in 2018 was the result of a one-off adjustment by farmers on stocking the year before to ensure control over some biological issues which had been witnessed in previous years. The result was that in 2018 there were fewer fish in the water to harvest.
“The outlook for 2019 is good with production predicted to be up because of adjusted stocking levels and good continued management of fish health, and in line with the general trend of growth which has characterised the Scottish salmon sector over the last few years.”
Scottish Government published the Fish Farm Production Survey for 2018 this morning 30thSeptember 2019.