Worker holding a salmon


Salmon Farming, Shetland

The unmistakable pattern of salmon cages in the sheltered voes and archipelagos around Shetland is hard to miss. The aquaculture practice behind these features has over the last few decades become a major player in the local economy. Salmon farming in Shetland is now worth over £100 million a year and provides around 300 jobs to the isles.
This series of images takes a closer look at salmon farming in the Shetland Islands.

Salmon farm worker catching a salmon Workers passing a salmon in a net Salmon farm worker places salmon in a container of water
Deck view of a salmon feed carrier Salmon feed carrier crewman operating winch Salmon farm workers lifting net around cage Salmon workboat approaching cage in early morning light Hydrogen peroxide is pumped into a salmon cage Worker catches a salmon
Worker holds a salmon
Salmon workboat at sea Worker feeding salmon Worker catches a salmon
Salmon farm boat at sea Worker raising perimeter netting of a salmon cage Worker tying netting