Orkney fish farm operational
A new Scottish Sea Farm site in Westerbister, Orkney is now operational following a major £3.5m investment.
The Orkney fish farm has created six new jobs in the local area and aims to bring strong benefits to numerous Scottish-based suppliers.
A new barge and moorings have been purchased from Inverness-based Gael Force Group, cages from Fusion Marine in Argyll, nets from Knox and invested in Steinsvik GMT’s onsite cameras.
“This will significantly increase production of our quality product farmed in Orkney waters. The smolts that are placed in the water now will be harvested in early 2018,” explained Richard Darbyshire, regional manager of Scottish Sea Farms.
He added: “This site will help to support Scotland in delivering growth to meet an unprecedented global and domestic demand, today and into the future. Westerbister is the culmination of four years of consultation and hard work to ensure that we can grow and create brand new jobs in Orkney and sustain the wider local economy.”
The Westerbister site consists of 16 x 100m cages, with consent for 1791T of salmon production, making it the second largest Scottish Sea Farms site in Orkney.
Mr Darbyshire concluded: “Farmed Salmon has one of the lowest environmental footprints of the major protein producers and we have a responsibility to provide a secure food supply for the increasing global population and salmon will do this in a sustainable way.”
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