Marine Harvest cuts 100 jobs in Scotland
UP to 100 jobs are to go at Marine Harvest Scotland as part of a restructuring plan, the company announced last month.
The news, which follows a recent review of the business, was given at a meeting with staff representatives.
They were told the company was making changes to its operations in order to make the business more efficient and sustainable.
Ben Hadfield, the recently appointed managing director of Marine Harvest Scotland, said: ‘We will be sorry to see staff leaving as we have a highly skilled and talented team here at Marine Harvest Scotland.
‘However, the industry is moving at a fast pace and fish farming is in a very different place today from where it was ten or even five years ago.
‘We have to ensure the business is sustainable and is fit to meet the challenges we face moving forward.
‘By taking this action now we can be more certain of maintaining jobs in the future.’
The Norwegian group said it expected to report operational earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of NOK 850 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, down from NOK 1 billion the previous year.
Start-up costs at the Rosyth processing plant in Scotland have reportedly also been higher than expected and have impacted results negatively by NOK 70 million (£5.55 million), the company said.
Marine Harvest Scotland has issued a 30-day notice and will now enter a period of consultation with staff representatives about which posts – out of a total of 658 employees - will be affected.
The restructuring will affect jobs in different departments across all the regions.
The company is contacting local agencies and politicians and will do everything it can to assist staff in gaining new employment.
Marine Harvest operates four hatcheries, five freshwater loch sites and 48 sea farms, with farm operations situated across the Highlands, Argyll and the Western Isles.
Live fish are harvested at Mallaig and processed at the Blar Mhor processing plant in Fort William. The company has offices at Fort William and Rosyth.
The processing plant at Rosyth is not affected by this announcement as it is part of the Marine Harvest Consumer Products division and not Marine Harvest
Above: Live fish are harvested at Mallaig