This was a near-unanimous indication from companies surveyed for a review of trends in the Scottish sector by Ernst and Young for the Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Salmon farmers in Scotland are frustrated by a regulatory process involving many bodies and councils that they view as cumbersome and expensive.
They think it places Scotland at a disadvantage to Chile and Norway as farms are smaller and under constant pressure to merge. Lower-cost production overseas is a constant lure for retailers in the light of salmon's popularity.
Scottish prices have been buoyant hand-in-hand with production falling.
This year it is forecast to be around 126,000 tonnes.