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Scotland leaps Chile in salmon sales stakes
by Perry Gourley AND JOHN ROSS - 30/03/2010
"SCOTLAND overtook Chile as the world's second-biggest exporter of fresh salmon last year as sales jumped 24 per cent."
SCOTLAND overtook Chile as the world's second-biggest exporter of fresh salmon last year as sales jumped 24 per cent.
Exports rose to 65,480 tonnes – equivalent to 13 million salmon and worth £220 million – from 52,671 tonnes in 2008 as global demand continued to increase. Scotland also benefited from a dramatic scaling back of production at Chilean farms which hav
e been hit by disease problems.
The export figures from the Scottish Salmon Producers' Organisation (SSPO) came as the Scottish Government announced plans to help the nation's fish farming industry to grow by up to 5 per cent a year.
Aquaculture is already worth £367m a year to Scotland with the farmed salmon industry alone expected to create a further 400 jobs in the next five years.
Scottish salmon now accounts for just over 55 per cent of Scotland's total food exports, is sold to 55 countries worldwide and supports an estimated 6,200 jobs.
Europe remains the industry's biggest export market, with France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain and Irish Republic also major buyers. The US, Canada and the Far East are the biggest destinations in the rest of the world. Norway is by far the industry's biggest exporter.
The global market for Atlantic farmed salmon is forecast to have an undersupply of 190,000 tonnes in 2010 – a figure which could rise significantly higher as Chile's problems continue.
"Salmon is a high-growth sector in the food industry. With demand for Scottish salmon continuing to be extremely high overseas, export markets offer further opportunity for market expansion," said Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of SSPO.
The Scottish Government's "Planning Reform for Aquaculture" report published yesterday aims to streamline procedures to remove barriers to growth. Ahead of a debate on aquaculture in the Scottish Parliament today, environment minister Roseanne Cunningham said the changes being proposed by would enable the industry to expand sustainably.
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