Expanding Scotland’s seafood sector
Crown Estate Scotland has revealed a number of ways for Scotland’s shellfish producers to access new markets and improve the economy.
In a report released on 14 September, three areas have been highlighted which may offer opportunities for growth, namely the UK retail and food service sectors, the potential for pharmaceutical products and possible ways to help combat climate change.
Alex Adrian, head of aquaculture for Crown Estate Scotland, said that Scotland was known around the world for its food and drink. “The possibilities outlined in this report include food production as well as a host of potential markets for Scottish shellfish growers to tap in to,” he said.
“We know that diversification can be a key part of future proofing a sector, and this can help deliver real economic benefits to rural communities around Scotland,” he added.
The report builds on previous work by Crown Estate Scotland including a study on critical mass for viable farmed mussel businesses, and future work is underway on opportunities for larger scale shellfish and seaweed farming.
“The sector has always been highly innovative in developing production in harmony with the natural marine environment and the new market opportunities which have been identified within this report clearly indicate that such an approach will continue to deliver benefits for businesses and the coastal communities,” commented Dr Nick Lake, chief executive of the Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers.
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