Employment in the Shetland farmed salmon industry rose 10% in 2001, an increase on the previous year from 1,046 to 1,147, according to the Shetland Salmon Farmers' Association.
Shetland is responsible for nearly one third of the Scottish output of farmed salmon, contributing some 42,000 tonnes out of 150,000 tonnes annually. Direct employment statistics remained level while employment in ancillary industries showed a significant increase.
The association's general manager, David Sandison, said: "Technological developments in the industry have led to the rearing of fish becoming less labour intensive and much more sophisticated.
"Workers have more opportunities to diversify and learn new skills in different aspects of the farming process, such as the operation of computerised feeding systems. Jobs which have a direct association with the industry - such as processing, packing, quality control, engineering, net services, diving services and haulage ­ are all showing a steady increase.
"In addition, employment in areas which are less commonly associated with the industry ­ banking, accountancy and legal services, for example ­ is also heavily supported by fish farming."

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