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Assessment of the socio-economic value of aquaculture and sport angling of Atlantic salmon Salmo salar L. in Ireland, Scotland and Norway

This result shows the economic significance the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) in three countries: Ireland, Norway and Scotland. These countries are among the most important countries for conservation and use of Atlantic salmon. The overall gross value of Atlantic salmon was estimated 1,900m., of which approximately 1,500m. relates to salmon aquaculture, salmon angling and 10 m. to commercial netting of salmon. When gross values are corrected for import content, displacement effects and multiplier effects, the overall economic impact to the national economies was estimated at a total of 1,320m., of this 1,110m. in aquaculture, 200m. in salmon angling and 8m. in commercial fishing. Overall full-time job equivalents were estimated at 22,000 FTE, of which 15,000 were in the farming industry, 6,400 in angling tourism and 460 in commercial fishing. There are striking differences between the businesses in each country. Norway has a huge farming business and a significant angling tourism sector. Scotland has a significant farming business and a well-developed angling tourism. Ireland has a substantial commercial fishery, which has only limited economic impact, and a small farming business compared to Norway and Scotland. Generally, commercial fishing is insignificant in all countries compared to the other sectors.

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Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
N-2624 Lillehammer
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