Oban site for SSF’s £35m hatchery
SCOTTISH Sea Farms is to build its new £35 million hatchery near Oban. The site, at Barcaldine, is part of a £70 million investment programme over the next few years that will create up to 25 jobs.
SSF will embark on a period of consultation with the community, following which it is hoped work on the land-based RAS freshwater facility will begin later this year, with the first fish reared entering the water in 2019.
The company, owned by Nor- way’s Leroy and SalMar, said the new plant would raise its annual production of smolts from five to 11 million.
Jim Gallagher, SSF managing director, said:‘We have ambitious plans for sustainably growing the volumes of salmon we produce to meet increased demand across the world for premium Scottish salmon.‘
The planned facility will use 90 per cent less water than traditional freshwater sites.