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Fish and shellfish farming contributes £620 million to the national economy every year, according to new research.

The industry now supports more than 12,000 jobs and Scottish aquaculture production has increased by a third in the ten years to 2015, from 142,000 to 188,000 tonnes, according to the Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) commissioned study.

Atlantic salmon production accounts for 90% of all economic impact, supporting 10,340 full-time equivalent jobs and generating £540 million in gross value added.

The contribution of other fish and shellfish species like trout, mussels and oysters is also considered as part of the study.

Rural economy minister Fergus Ewing said: “These figures are good news for Scottish aquaculture and show the significant social contributions the industry makes to remote rural, island and coastal areas by supporting high-skilled jobs, diversifying and protecting communities.

“This research will inform how we continue to grow the industry in a sustainable way, including through the work of the Aquaculture Industry Leadership Group.”

Aquaculture industry contributes £620 million to economy

6 July 2017