Work starts at ‘world’s largest’ on­shore farm

Fish Farmer - - News -

WORK has be­gun on a closed con­tain­ment sal­mon farm in Tayin­loan on the Kin­tyre penin­sula which, when com­pleted, may bring 20 new jobs to the area.

De­mo­li­tion work­ers were pic­tured ear­lier this month at the site, which is be­ing de­vel­oped by Perthshire based FishFrom, re­ported Han­nah O’Han­lon

of the Camp­bel­town Courier.

FishFrom, which claims the site will house ‘the world’s largest on­shore re­cir­cu­la­tion sal­mon fa­cil­ity’, re­ceived plan­ning per­mis­sion in De­cem­ber 2013 to build a £20 mil­lion closed con­tain­ment aqua­cul­ture pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity at Rhu­na­haorine.

The site pre­vi­ously hosted a sal­mon farm which op­er­ated for around 15 years but was left in a state of dis­re­pair fol­low­ing its clo­sure in 2003.

Lit­tle has been done in the years fol­low­ing the plan­ning per­mis­sion ap­proval, but in Fe­bru­ary this year an ap­pli­ca­tion to re­new plan­ning per­mis­sion was granted and, with a build­ing stan­dards war­rant in place, work be­gan to de­mol­ish the ex­ist­ing struc­tures on the site.

Two JCB opera- tors us­ing ma­chin­ery from Rut­tle Plant Hire, whose man­ag­ing director Harry Rut­tle owns the site, have be­gun, to level the pre­vi­ous build­ings.

FishFrom’s Brian Floyd told Fish Farmer that they are on sched­ule and con­struc­tion work is due to start early next year.

And FishFrom’s director An­drew Robert­son re­cently met Fer­gus Ewing, min­is­ter for the Ru­ral Econ­omy and Con­nec­tiv­ity, to dis­cuss the plans.

When it first went to plan­ning, the con­cept was largely sup­ported by the lo­cal com­mu­nity, as well as then High­lands and Is­lands MSP Jamie McGrigor, Kin­tyre and the Isles coun­cil­lor Anne Horn, and West Kin­tyre Com­mu­nity Coun­cil.

Sup­port­ers ar­gued that the de­vel­op­ment would bring much needed jobs to Kin­tyre, while restor­ing the derelict site.

The closed con­tain­ment, re­cir­cu­la­tion sys­tem should re­duce pol­lu­tion, as there should be no waste streams or ef­flu­ent. And be­ing on land means there is no risk of sea lice, preda­tors such as seals, or es­capes.

Kin­tyre coun­cil­lor Rory Colville said: ‘It is ex­cit­ing, it will make a dy­namic change to the eco­nomic fu­ture of the Tayin­loan area.’

Above: Work un­der­way on the site ear­lier this month

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