Bar­cal­dine fish­ery plan re­vealed

The Oban Times - - News -

PLANS for a £ 35 mil­lion salmon hatch­ery at Bar­cal­dine have been sub­mit­ted to Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil.

In July, Scottish Sea Farms, Scot­land’s sec­ond largest salmon farmer, an­nounced its pur­chase of the Ma­rine Re­source Cen­tre, Bar­cal­dine, by Loch Cr­eran, where it plans to build a new land-based RAS fresh­wa­ter fa­cil­ity, or re- cir­cu­lat­ing aqua­cul­ture sys­tem, for rear­ing smolts to trans­fer to sea farms, cre­at­ing up to 25 per­ma­nent jobs.

A con­sul­ta­tion has been un­der way for six months, the firm’s manag­ing di­rec­tor Jim Gal­lagher said, to ‘en­sure we will de­velop the site in a way that also ben­e­fits the com­mu­nity and sup­ports sus­tain­able growth.

‘This site of­fers an ideal lo­ca­tion pro­vid­ing ev­ery­thing we re­quire in terms of power sup­ply, fresh wa­ter and con­nec­tion to the sea.’

Some de­mo­li­tion has al­ready taken place and, if plan­ning is suc­cess­ful, Scottish Sea Farms hopes to be­gin con­struc­tion later this year, with the first fish reared in the new fa­cil­ity en­ter­ing the wa­ter in 2019.

An il­lus­tra­tion of what the new fa­cil­ity could look like.

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