China demands Scottish salmon

An article in Fish Information & Services on 12th January states that the governments of Scotland and China have devised a deal to allow unprecedented salmon exports to China.

Scotland’s aquaculture industry bears 6,000 domestic jobs worth GBP 500 million (EUR 601.3 million) to the economy and exports worth GBP 300 million (EUR 360.8 million).

Demand for salmon and salmon products in China is sizeable, at more than 150 per cent of Scotland’s total output. Demand for Atlantic salmon is grew by 42 per cent to 8,000 tonnes in 2009 alone.

Most of this demand has been supplied by Norway.

The new deal between the governments is for Chinese food safety group AQSIQ to approve various Scottish products.

“This is a very welcome announcement from China that will boost sales of a top quality and sought after Scottish seafood product,” Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said. “It will further strengthen an already successful business sector which has positively weathered the economic downturn.”

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