Farming of salmon continues to make a major contribution to the Scottish economy, supporting hundreds of jobs and generating valuable income.

Figures produced by the sector’s representative body, Salmon Scotland and broken down on a regional basis for the first time, show the value of salmon produced in the different farming areas.

According to the statistics, the North Coast and West Highlands area produced the most fish – 26 per cent of total, or 15,900 tonnes in Q3 2021. Argyll and Clyde is next with 14,000 tonnes in the quarter, 23 per cent of production, followed by Shetland with 20 per cent of production (12,400 tonnes), the Outer Hebrides with 19 per cent (11,700 tonnes) and Orkney next on 11 per cent (6,700 tonnes).

Farmgate prices for Atlantic salmon experienced a seasonal decline during the initial stages of Q3 2021 before rallying at the end of the period. However, they remain some way behind the returns recorded pre-pandemic at the end of 2019.

In addition to benefiting communities financially, the salmon sector directly employs 2,500 people directly, paying them an average salary of about £38,000.