Shetland is surrounded by some of the most productive seas in the world. Situated where the North Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean the strong tidal streams and pure clean water create rich fishing grounds.

It's easy to understand why Shetland has gained an international reputation for producing seafood of the highest quality, fish caught and landed by the local fleet is as fresh as you will find anywhere in the world.

Fishing is, and always has been, at the core of Shetland’s economy – it is currently worth around £300 million a year to the islands.

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Shetland's Seafood Industry

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Shetland's Seafood Industry

Shetland has a thriving seafood industry and is renowned for supplying quality fish at the peak of freshness. Shellfish is landed within hours of being caught and whitefish markets take place daily. Mackerel and herring landed in the islands are processed and marketed across the world. The strong tidal streams are also particularly good for farming salmon and around 69 per cent of Scotland's farmed mussels are produced in the isles. 

The sea and its influences are felt everywhere in Shetland – hardly surprising when no point of land is more than 3miles from the shore.

Visitors can enjoy spectacular scenery while sampling the finest local seafood in award-winning restaurants, hotels and fish & chip shops throughout the isles. Shetland seafood also features on the menus in top eateries throughout the UK and beyond.

Community Food Fund

The East of Scotland Seafood project is a partnership initiative led by local authorities, business leaders and coastal communities. It is supported by the Community Food Fund, which is financed by The Scottish Government and has been created to promote local food and drink, in line with Scotland's National Food and Drink Policy.