// Introduction to the Year 2015 Survey
This report is based on the returns of an annual survey questionnaire sent to all active authorised shellfish farming businesses in Scotland. The cooperation of the shellfish farming industry is gratefully acknowledged. The report authors also acknowledge Alan Christie, Sonia Duguid, David Fraser, Keith Mutch, Ronald Smith and Andrea Warwick for their contributions to the production of this report.
Production survey questionnaires were sent to 144 businesses registered as active during 2015 ( see Appendix 1). All return forms were received. During 2015, one business became authorised and two businesses rescinded their authorisation.
The survey showed that, of the 144 businesses authorised at the end of 2015, 76 recorded sales during that year. These 144 authorised businesses farmed 335 active sites, of which 171 (51%) placed shellfish on the market. Shellfish production by business and site is presented.LA Munro
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