Shetland

Our history

Salmon farming began in Shetland in the 1980s as an experimental, small-scale, cottage industry. Today, it is employing hundreds of people on the islands. Read more about our journey so far!

Salmon farming began in Shetland in the 1980s as an experimental, small-scale, cottage industry. Some initial successes have meant that it has now grown to be truly one of Shetland’s most recognisable economic assets, harvesting over 30,000 tonnes worth £150 million a year and employing hundreds of people. Shetland is blessed with some of the best marine environments in the world. The powerful currents created by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean are perfect for producing strong, healthy fish. As the salmon farming sector matured fewer, but larger, companies remain with increasingly sophisticated operations. Grieg Seafood Shetland was established in 2007 and is currently the largest salmon farmer in Shetland. We cooperate closely with other salmon farming companies in Shetland to maintain good biological conditions for everyone in our isles.

Shetland has excellent specialist educational institutions which help support talented locals enter and succeed in the industry. Additionally, the Shetland salmon farming industry indirectly supports other economic activity through its supply chains, for example, marine engineering and technology, boat building, maritime supplies, fish health, environmental science, and logistics. The true value that salmon farming brings to our isles can never truly be known, but it is beyond doubt that it contributes significantly to the economic prosperity of Shetland.