Lat­est Orkney fish farm goes live

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A NEW Scot­tish Sea Farms site went live this au­tumn at Wester­bis­ter in Orkney. This ma­jor in­vest­ment of £3.5 mil­lion has cre­ated six new jobs lo­cally, with five ap­point­ments al­ready in place, and the site has brought pos­i­tive ben­e­fits to sev­eral Scot­tish based sup­pli­ers.

Wester­bis­ter has re­sulted in pur­chases of a new barge and moor­ings from In­ver­ness based Gael Force Group, cages from Fu­sion Ma­rine in Ar­gyll, nets from Knox and on site cam­eras from Steinsvik GMT.

Stewart Gra­ham, man­ag­ing direc­tor of Gael Force, said:‘We were de­lighted to build this barge here in the High­lands for Scot­tish Sea Farms.The con­tract

sus­tained up to 14 jobs within Gael Force and our lo­cal sup­ply chain.’

The Wester­bis­ter site

con­sists of 16 x 100m cages, with con­sent for 1,791 tonnes of salmon pro­duc­tion, mak­ing

it the sec­ond largest Scot­tish Sea Farms site in Orkney.

SSF re­gional man­ager Richard Dar­byshire said: ‘This will sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease pro­duc­tion of our qual­ity prod­uct farmed in Orkney wa­ters.

‘The smolts that are placed in the water now will be har­vested in early 2018.This site will help to sup­port Scot­land in de­liv­er­ing

growth to meet an un­prece­dented global and do­mes­tic de­mand, to­day and into the fu­ture.

‘Wester­bis­ter is the cul­mi­na­tion of four years of con­sul­ta­tion and hard work to en­sure that we can grow and cre­ate brand new jobs in Orkney and sus­tain the wider lo­cal econ­omy.

‘These new full time jobs come with train-

ing pack­ages and of­fer real long-term ca­reers in the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try.

‘Farmed salmon has one of the low­est en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­prints of the ma­jor pro­tein pro­duc­ers and we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide a se­cure food sup­ply for the in­creas­ing global pop­u­la­tion and salmon will do this in a sus­tain­able way.’

Above: The Wester­bis­ter team (from left to right): Joe Wil­liamson, Ben­jamin Weis, Ross Steven­son, Mark Rosie and Billy Brown

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