I’ve already posted:
The Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2016 was published yesterday and shows:
- Production tonnage of mussels increased by 6% from 7,270 tonnes in 2015 to 7,732 tonnes in 2016. This is the highest level of mussel production ever recorded in Scotland.
- Production of Pacific oyster shells increased by 31% from the 2015 total. Additionally, 4.6 million shells were produced for on-growing in other waters.
- Employment levels decreased by 8% from 2015, with 315 full, part-time and casual staff employed in 2016.
The industry is now worth around £11.7 million. I don’t know if that is already accounted for in the abovementioned 28% of overall UK food and drink exports. I feel sure the oysters are mainly going as exports.