Aquaculture in Scotland is diverse, from the farming of salmon and other finfish species, to the production of mussels and oysters and the harvesting of seaweed. The industry is a success story in Scotland and salmon is the country’s top food export.

In order to build on this success, a group of leading businesses and organisations in Scotland’s aquaculture industry have come together for the first time to create an ambitious new growth strategy for the sector – Aquaculture Growth to 2030.

The Aquaculture 2030 Strategy identifies key actions required to double the economic contribution of the industry from £1.8 billion in 2016, to £3.6 billion by 2030. It is estimated this will generate over 9,000 new jobs in the sector and establish Scotland as a global leader in the industry.

The strategy, developed after industry-wide consultation, sets out key recommendations for action by both the industry itself and government.

An Industry Leadership Group has now been established to oversee the delivery of Aquaculture 2030. This website will capture its work and progress.

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The role and remit of the Aquaculture Industry Leadership Group is to deliver the growth strategy – Aquaculture Growth to 2030. It meets quarterly to monitor and drive, progress on the strategy.

Co-chaired by Stewart Graham, Managing Director, Gael Force Group, and Jim Gallagher, Managing Director of Scottish Sea Farms, it comprises senior figures from across the wider industry, including supply chain and processors, and salmon, trout and shellfish producers, and major public-sector stakeholders.

Download the Aquaculture Industry Leadership Group Governance Text here.

News & Updates

Published on 4th April 2018

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the aquaculture sector in the Highlands and Islands are being reminded of the £1m Accelerated Aquaculture Innovation (AAI) fund.

The fund is currently being piloted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) to boost innovation in the industry supply chain.

One of the first recipients is a project by Ferguson Transport & Shipping with their head office based at Corpach, who devised a new method for the efficient removal of fish mortalities from farms.

The project… Read more

Published on 2nd March 2018

‘Innovation and The Ripple Effect’ by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) is published today – a progress report for 2014-2017.

Over the last three years, SAIC has connected companies who farm our seas with Scotland’s excellent universities – accelerating innovation, strengthening national food security and supporting environmental stewardship. SAIC has facilitated 16 collaborative projects with a combined investment of £17.9 million, delivering £3.60 for every £1 of public money.

The Ripple Effect … Read more

Published on 14th February 2018

Scotch whisky and salmon exports continue to grow at record levels, new figures for 2017 have shown.

In 2017, Scotch whisky exports from the UK were valued at £4.36 billion, up 9% (£356.3 million) compared to 2016.

Salmon exports grew to £600 million in 2017, up 35% (£155.5 million) compared to 2016.

The figures also show that Europe continues to be the top export market for salmon and Scotch whisky in terms of both value and volume. 

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing welcomed the figures. He said:

“These figures show that demand… Read more

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