Barcaldine fishery plan revealed
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.