In­dus­try growth will pro­mote jobs says MP

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THE im­por­tance of aqua­cul­ture sup­ply chain com­pa­nies to Scot­land’s west coast econ­omy was high­lighted dur­ing a visit to the re­gion by Ar­gyll and Bute MP Bren­dan O’Hara.

The Scot­tish Na­tion­al­ist MP saw at first hand the value of the sec­tor when he dropped in to Fu­sion Marine’s new of­fice premises near Oban.

Em­ploy­ing 18 peo­ple lo­cally, Fu­sion Marine has se­cured many sig­nif­i­cant or­ders in re­cent years from Scot­tish salmon com­pa­nies to sup­ply fish farm pens and as­so­ci­ated equip­ment, which are con­structed at its man­u­fac­tur­ing base at Bar­cal­dine.

The com­pany re­cently moved its head­quar­ters to the Euro­pean Marine Science Park in Dun­staffnage, en­abling staff to ben­e­fit from be­ing part of the clus­ter of sci­en­tific ex­per­tise based there.

Stephen Divers, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Fu­sion Marine, said:‘We were de­lighted to meet with Bren­dan O’Hara and high­light to him the cru­cial role played by the sup­ply chain in sup­port­ing Scot­land’s im­por­tant aqua­cul­ture sec­tor.

‘Salmon farm­ing not only cre­ates many di­rect jobs, but also sup­ports a vast ar­ray of sup­ply com­pa­nies, pro­vid­ing an ad­di­tional sig­nif­i­cant boost to the west coast econ­omy and

ben­e­fit­ing schools, shops and nu­mer­ous other lo­cal busi­nesses.’

Bren­dan O’Hara said:‘I was de­lighted to meet with Stephen Divers and his staff to­day to bet­ter un­der­stand their role in the vi­tally im­por­tant aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try; an in­dus­try that plays

a hugely sig­nif­i­cant part in our econ­omy here in Ar­gyll and Bute.

‘With pro­jected growth in the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try, I be­lieve that Fu­sion Marine has a bright fu­ture, and one that will bring even more high value, skilled jobs to the Oban area.’

Above: (Left to right) Bren­dan O’Hara, Stephen Divers and John Mac­Gre­gor, com­pany sec­re­tary of Fu­sion Marine. Pic­ture by Kevin McG­lynn

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