Fisheries and aquaculture activity contribute to a third of Shetland’s economic output. All year round, Shetland seafood is exported throughout the world. Shetland’s pristine environment, skilled labour force as well as its state-of-the-art infrastructure and leading research institutions help deliver modern and efficient handling, processing and distribution methods which guarantee that products arrive to market in prime condition.
Shetland’s seafood industry is worth £320 million a year to the Shetland economy alone. Over 17,000 tonnes of whitefish, worth over £30 million, and 40,000 tonnes of pelagic fish (primarily herring and mackerel but also blue whiting and horse mackerel) worth £30.4 million were landed in Shetland's harbours in 2017 – a record year for the industry.