Scottish oyster production increases by 31% to add to Scotland’s already booming food and drink industry

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© heraldscotland.com

I’ve already posted:

With only 8% of the population, Scotland accounts for more than 28% of UK food and drink exports. Too wee to survive on our own?

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.

https://news.gov.scot/news/scottish-shellfish-farm-production-survey-2016

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