Scottish salmon exports reach record value in first half of 2017 – BBC News

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Scottish trout exports reached a record value of 346m in the first half of 2017 — up 70% on the same period this past year, government figures reveal.

The industry saw 29, 000 tonnes of fresh salmon worth 190m sold in the second period of this year solely.

That was a close to 10-tonne increase on the 19, a hundred and fifty tonnes (109m) exported in the related period of 2016.

The United States remains the largest market, whilst China (44m) is the most significant Hard anodized cookware buyer.

The HMRC figures are a welcome boost towards the industry following revelations that it is facing main problems from sea lice.

It is believed Scottish producers are having to spend at least 30m a year on measures to respond towards the issue.

However , customer demand for the fish has carried on to rise – pushing prices in order to record levels.

Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of the Scottish Trout Producers Organisation (SSPO), hailed the most recent export figures.

And pointed to the development of the Far East market as being a major factor.

‘Worth the effort’

Mr Landsburgh said: “The fact that annual Chinese exports are actually worth around 90m from a position start six or seven years back indicates that this has been worth the time and effort.

“East Asian markets have become increasingly significant, with Taiwan plus Vietnam in the top 10 importers.

“We continue to see the massive global opportunity for high-quality Scottish as well as for salmon, in particular.

“Quality and provenance are usually highly prized in all markets plus Scottish salmon fits the expenses. Its traceability from source in order to plate is another respected attribute within the Far East. ”

Countryside Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing mentioned the figures were good news intended for Scotland’s aquaculture industry, “clearly showing that demand is growing around the world designed for quality salmon”.

He or she added: “It is proof which our industry is thriving and display of the hard work going on between federal government, stakeholders and industry to support lasting growth and access to new marketplaces.

“Particularly pleasing could be the success of our work to uncover more markets in the Far East, that have been key industry target areas.

“However, this success basically underlines the importance of ensuring Scotland’s drink and food exports are protected from the possibly damaging consequences of Brexit. inch