Salmon Harvest for Europe
BIG farmed salmon from the west coast of Scotland bound for European markets.
These two 17lb fish are part of the expanding output of Marine Harvest’s farm at Loch Ailort. They are two-season fish, reared to smolt stage at the hatchery at Invergarry before transfer to the sea cages at the loch.
‘About 65 to 70 per cent of the output is sold fresh into Europe,’ said marketing manager Mr Des Brady. ‘France is the biggest market. And everything is sold under the Lochinvar brand.’ Marine Harvest, the Unilever backed company has been developing its fish farming interests for several years. But only a small percentage of salmon are sold on the home market.
The photograph to the left, taken in the grounds of Marine Harvest’s new head office in Craigcrook Castle in Edinburgh, shows Doreen Herron, who is responsible for fresh fish sales, with Mr Brady.
Above: Checking smolts before transfer from the Invergarry hatchery