Oban site for SSF’s £35m hatch­ery

Fish Farmer - - News United Kingdom -

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.

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