Scottish salmon exports were £346m in just the first half of 2017. Indeed, sales of £190 million were racked up in just Q2. That increase on the 2016 Q2 figure of 19 000 tonnes to 29 000 tonnes in Q2 2017 is a whopping 70%!
This suggests Scotland’s trade balance is going from strength to strength as the rest of the UK struggles with a massive deficit triggering inevitably its huge debt. See these as a reminder:
The biggest buyers are the USA and China which is up from zero to £90 million in only seven years.
This BBC website story suggests that this success comes despite the industry having to spend £30 million per year fighting sea lice. I thought I’d read that they had found a cheapish solution.
The Ballan Wrasse is a cleaner fish that eats the sea lice which were responsible for problems with the Salmon. Does it cost £30 million per year to put them in the cages with the Salmon? It’s a natural solution much preferable to a chemical one, I’d say.
The chair of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation said:
‘In particular, we want to highlight the successful introduction of wrasse as a very effective and environmentally friendly way to keep salmon free of lice, which occur naturally in the water. A significant variety of marine life thrives around salmon farms, something which is not fully recognised by regulators.’
Did they spend £20 million identifying the role of the Wrasse? Seems a lot.