Aquaculture. Phil Thomas. Initial Points to Note. Aquaculture is very different from fisheries and is much closer to agriculture. It is aquatic ‘livestock production’; in tank facilities, rivers, lochs and in the sea. Aquaculture is not a single sector.
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Information on Mussels Use
Value at First Sale
Significant scope for expansion – increase by 100% by 2020 is National
Marine Plan Target. Some expansion will be integrated multi-trophic
aquaculture, involving salmon + mussels + seaweed. Two pilot
studies are already in progress.
Comparative Data 2008
Comparative data 2008
(After, Chopin, 2010)
Current Salmon production 157,000 tonnes. Value £540M at farm gate.
National Marine Plan target is 220k tonnes by 2020
1. In the salmon-chain there has been increased vertical integration both from the
primary producers down the chain and for added value processors up the chain.
2. Similar integrative effects have been created in some cases through strategic
alliances between sectors.
3. Salmon sells in a global market. Because Scottish salmon is the leading premium
product, balance of home use, exports and imports is potentially dynamic and price
and supply sensitive.
Our shared vision is that Scotland will have a
sustainable, diverse, competitive and economically
viable aquaculture industry of which its people can
be justifiably proud. It will deliver high quality
healthy food to consumers at home and abroad
and social and economic benefits to communities,
particularly in rural and remote areas.
Strategic themes and Working Groups:
Joint Initiative – Supported by
Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and
Sustainable Growth and Minister for Environment
DPRFA2 sets out what each party will continue
to do and how they will work together to refine the
planning system for aquaculture. The benefits from continuing to improve efficiency in the planning system will -----
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Marine Scotland Science