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SCOT­TISH Sea Farms has won ap­proval for a new salmon farm in Orkney which, it says, will bring a £3.2 mil­lion boost to the Scot­tish sup­ply chain.

The site, off the small is­land of Hunda within Scapa Flow, has been years in the plan­ning. With con­sent to grow up to 1,677 tonnes of salmon, the new farm will see in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing:

• 60m grid struc­ture and as­so­ci­ated moor­ing sys­tems;

• 12 x 100m di­am­e­ter pens which will ben­e­fit from in­no­va­tive

new net­ting to keep salmon and lo­cal marine life safely sep­a­rate;

• 200-tonne feed barge with high-tech con­trol room and ca­pac­ity to con­trol feed por­tions to the near­est 50g;

• Un­der­wa­ter cam­eras to mon­i­tor fish health and be­hav­iour in real-time;

• En­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing tech­nol­ogy to de­tect any changes in oxy­gen lev­els or water qual­ity; and

• 14m cata­ma­ran-style work­boat.

Scot­tish Sea Farms’ pro­duc­tion man­ager for Orkney, Richard Dar­byshire, said:‘Salmon farm­ing con­tin­ues to ad­vance at great pace and this new farm at Hunda will ben­e­fit from the lat­est knowhow and tech­nolo­gies.

‘Each and ev­ery as­pect of our farm­ing ac­tiv­ity has been care­fully con­sid­ered: from en­hanc­ing fish health and wel­fare, to pro­tect­ing lo­cal marine life and the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment.’

Over­see­ing day-to­day ac­tiv­i­ties at Hunda will be a spe­cial­ist farm team, cre­at­ing six new full-time roles and de­liv­er­ing a £200,000 cash in­jec­tion in terms of lo­cal salaries.

There will also be sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in train­ing and de­vel­op­ment, fur­ther adding to the ex­ist­ing skills base in Orkney.

Scot­tish Sea Farms’ head of Hu­man Re­sources,Tracy Bryant-Shaw, said: ‘Well paid, skilled jobs are cru­cial to en­abling peo­ple to re­main within re­mote and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, so we’re de­lighted to be con­tribut­ing an ad­di­tional six full-time jobs to Orkney.

‘Each job comes with train­ing and de­vel­op­ment, de­liv­ered by lo­cal providers wher­ever pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing the op­por­tu­nity for those in trainee roles to un­der­take a Mod­ern Ap­pren­tice­ship.’

Above: Scapa Flow, Orkney

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