Marine Har­vest cuts 100 jobs in Scot­land

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

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

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