Plans un­veiled for salmon visi­tor cen­tre

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MA­RINE Har­vest has re­vealed plans to build a visi­tor cen­tre near its new feed plant at Kyleakin on Skye, ded­i­cated to ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple about Scot­tish salmon farm­ing.

The com­pany has in­vested more than £100 mil­lion in the feed fac­tory at the Alt Anavig quarry, and it is due to open later this year.

Around 170,000 tonnes of fish feed is ex­pected to be pro­duced an­nu­ally at the site, feed­ing salmon farms around Scot­land, Ire­land, Nor­way and the Faroe Is­lands.

Plans for an ad­ja­cent visi­tor cen­tre were first mooted more than two years ago (Fish Farmer, May 2016), when land was ac­quired for the de­vel­op­ment.

These plans have now pro­gressed and will re­port­edly ex­tend to two build­ings, one for a visi­tor cen­tre and café, plus a sep­a­rate build­ing with ac­commo- da­tion for vis­i­tors.

Kevin O’Leary, feed plant site man­ager, told the Press and Jour­nal: ‘This is a stun­ning lo­ca­tion with won­der­ful views and seems the ideal place for a visi­tor cen­tre where peo­ple can find out more about salmon farm­ing and en­joy a taste of Scot­tish salmon.

‘Salmon farm­ing is one of the High­lands’ big suc­cess sto­ries with a great story to tell and we think a visi­tor cen­tre would be a wel­come ad­di­tion to Skye.

‘We’re very keen to be good neigh­bours and will be dis­cussing plans for an im­pres­sive fa­cil­ity with lo­cal peo­ple once the feed plant is up and run­ning at the end of the year.’

Coun­cil­lor John Fin­layson said: ‘As the im­pres­sive feed mill con­tin­ues to move for­ward apace, it is also en­cour­ag­ing to see that Ma­rine Har­vest are think­ing ahead with projects that will ben­e­fit the lo­cal econ­omy and also help sup­port some of the ac­com­mo­da­tion and hous­ing is­sues fac­ing Skye.

‘The ad­di­tion of a visi­tor cen­tre show­cas­ing the his­tory and work­ing of the fish farm­ing in­dus­try, which to my knowl­edge will be the first of its kind, will also be a wel­come tourist and ed­u­ca­tional at­trac­tion.’

Above: The feed plant tak­ing shape at Kyleakin­farmer-mag­a­

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