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Scottish Sea Farms receives approval for expansion

Scottish Sea Farms salmon. (Photo Credit: Scottish Sea Farms)
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Monday, September 08, 2014, 01:50 (GMT + 9)

Scottish Sea Farms has been granted approval for the expansion of the site at Eday, north of Orkney. This will result in over GBP 1 million (EUR 1.25 million) in new investment and a significant increase production of the quality product farmed in Orkney waters.

This expansion will see the existing site increased from six cages to 12, which will more than double the site’s consent from 800 tonnes to 1900 tonnes, making it the largest Scottish Sea Farms site in Orkney.

Eday is located in the northern isles of Orkney, 15 miles from mainland Orkney and is one of Scottish Sea Farms’ most remote locations for farming salmon.

Local Area Manager, Richard Darbyshire of Scottish Sea Farms, said: “This is good news for both Scottish Sea Farms and the local community. Importantly, we have created some brand new jobs in a remote location. We want to continue to build relationships locally and will bring skilled employment with training packages for local people. This increased consent will allow us also to meet the increasing demand we have globally for Scottish Sea Farms Orkney salmon. Our Heart of the Community Trust is also there to support community initiatives that make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Scottish Sea Farms’ Orkney region currently produces approx 5000 tonnes of quality salmon per annum for some of the UK’s top restaurants and retailers, as well as for key export markets globally.

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