Innovation and advanced manufacturing
The seafood processing sector in north east Scotland generates more than £100 million in gross value add (GVA) a year, contributes £700 million of the region's £2.2 billion food and drink manufacturing turnover and provides more than 4,000 direct full-time equivalent jobs.
Half of the region's most prominent 25 food companies are fish processors. Peterhead is Europe's largest white fish port, and Fraserburgh is Scotland's largest shellfish port.
With proper support, seafood processing can become a more significant growth industry and contribute more to the regional and national economy.
The Seafood Transformation Project will contribute to crucial sector growth and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and net-zero. It will stimulate business investment, create a new seafood industry park to add much-needed capacity, enhance environmental performance, promote innovation and market development, and address labour shortages and productivity through automation, process redesign and upskilling.
The Seafood Transformation Project is an ambitious five-year, £75 million actions and investment plan. It represents a targeted investment in productivity and adding value to deliver growth in quality jobs.
Once delivered, through a combination of public and private funding, the Seafood Transformation Project will represent a step-change in the seafood processing industry to benefit both the Scottish and broader UK economies.
Opportunity North East (ONE) leads the business case development for the industry-wide investment programme working with the processing sector and businesses. Project partners include the Scottish Seafood Association, Seafood Scotland, Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City Council. ONE is leading discussions on project funding with the Scottish Government and UK Government.
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