Aquaculture is the farming of freshwater and marine plants and animals. The industry is currently worth more than £500 million to the UK’s GDP. It is a young and growing industry, offering exciting prospects across the globe. Think salmon, carp, trout, mussels and oysters.

Aquaculture is the farming of freshwater and marine plants and animals including:

  • Salmon (which provides the bulk of farmed fish)
  • Sea Bass
  • Rainbow and brown trout
  • Carp
  • Turbot
  • Halibut
  • Tilapia
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Seaweed.


Aquaculture Facts

  • There are around 530 businesses in the industry in the UK. 90% of these businesses employ fewer than 10 people
  • 3,150 people are employed in the industry
  • 87% of the full-time workforce are male
  • Aquaculture accounts for more than half of the fish supply for human consumption
  • It has been the world’s fastest growing food producing sector (6-8% per annum internationally since the year 2000) and that growth is likely to continue
  • Mussels feed entirely on plankton, and so require no feed from their farmers and no treatments to keep them healthy. Oysters are similarly environmentally friendly and very healthy to eat
  • Seaweed is used for human consumption, as a cosmetic product and as a “super-food”. As biomass, it can be used to generate heat and electricity
  • Scotland provides 80% of the UK’s aquaculture production and this provides 40% of Scotland’s food exports. Many businesses have farms in the west and north of the country, supporting remote and rural communities in those areas – an important contribution to the fabric of our society.


What we do for you

We work hard to create opportunities so you can make the most of training. After all, businesses who train their staff are two and a half times more likely to succeed than those who don’t.
By working together, we can:

  • Give you the skills to meet the future challenges
  • Make sure your people have the right skills to help business grow
  • Help you find available funding
  • Help you find the training and development you need
  • Help keep your workplace safe.


Industry Links

• British Trout Association
• Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation
• Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers
• Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group
• Food Standards Agency.