Fish Farming

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what quantity of fish was farmed in UK waters in each of the last five years.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The following amounts of fish were farmed in the UK in each of the last five years:

In 2007: 159,000 tonnes finfish and 27,500 tonnes shellfish;

In 2008: 144,000 tonnes finfish and 35,500 tonnes shellfish;

In 2009: 161,000 tonnes finfish and 35,600 tonnes shellfish;

In 2010: 170,000 tonnes finfish and 31,500 tonnes shellfish; .and

In 2011: 171,000 tonnes finfish and 32,000 tonnes shellfish.

The data include fish farmed in both freshwater and marine waters, and include both natural and artificial waters. Around 65-75% of the total fish farmed in each year is Scottish salmon.

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