Green light for new salmon farm in Orkney

Plans to develop a new salmon farm off the coast of Westray, Orkney, were given the green light at a meeting of Orkney Islands Council’s planning committee today (Wednesday 31 May 2017).

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland Limited’s new site will be situated east of Skelwick Skerry, North Sound, Westray. The farm will consist of eight pens and bring eight new skilled jobs to the area.

Commenting on the news, Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation said: “It is fantastic to hear this new farm has been rubber stamped for approval. Growing production sustainably is the only way forward for the UK’s favourite fish – which was this morning also confirmed as the UK’s largest food export.

“Significant investment is on its way to the community of Westray which is great news for the Orkney economy, its local businesses and suppliers. Congratulations!”.