China has one of the world’s fastest-growing appetites for fresh and smoked salmon, but Scotland’s fish farmers have been struggling to keep up with demand from the lucrative market. Scotland is one of the world’s major suppliers of farmed salmon but the industry’s growth was recently hampered by sea lice infestations that led to a drop in production…Full Article: May 2017

Key Points

  • From 2014 to 2016, according to United Kingdom’s HMRC Revenue and Customs, salmon exports to China declined from 13,000 MTs to 8,000 MTs (11,000 MTs exported in 2015).

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  • In general, the largest salmon producers globally are Norway, Chile, Scotland, Canada, the Faroe Islands, and Ireland. From 2014 to 2015, a survey noted that the incidences of sea lice incidences in Scottish waters increased from 28% to 49%, while incidences in Norwegian waters hovered at 5%.
  • In January 2011, China agreed to make Scotland its preferred salmon supplier. This occurred shortly after the the Oslo-based Nobel organization awarded the 2010 Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, an imprisoned Chinese dissident. In 1965, Scotland began salmon farming. In 2014, Scotland produced 170,000 MTs of salmon.

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