Young’s fac­tory brought back to life

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

TWENTY jobs are ex­pected to be cre­ated through the cre­ation of a new fish pro­cess­ing op­er­a­tion in Aberdeen­shire.

Seafood Sourc­ing is in­vest­ing £614,000 in one of the build­ings pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by Young’s Seafood at Fraser­burgh Har­bour.

Two years ago, more than 600 peo­ple lost their jobs in Fraser­burgh when Young’s lost a ma­jor salmon pro­cess­ing con­tract to ri­vals Marine Har­vest. The loss was re­ported to have cost Young’s tens of mil­lions of pounds.

But now a £307,000 grant from the Euro­pean Mar­itime and Fish­eries Fund (EMFF) and the Scot­tish govern­ment will meet 50 per cent of the costs of the new project, which aims to sup­ply Euro­pean mar­kets with Scot­tish white fish.

Ru­ral Econ­omy Sec­re­tary Fer­gus Ewing an­nounced the fund­ing ahead of the con­clu­sion of the an­nual fish­eries ne­go­ti­a­tions.

‘This fund­ing will trans­form a site that’s been va­cant for some time into a fan­tas­tic new pro­cess­ing fac­tory cre­at­ing valu­able jobs for the north east,’ he said.

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