Plans submitted for a new £35 million freshwater hatchery could lead to 25 highly skilled jobs for the Argyll area. Key employer for the area, Scottish Sea Farms, is looking to expand its freshwater business at Barcaldine, Oban. This will help facilitate the company’s ambitious plan for sustainable growth to meet increasing worldwide demand for premium Scottish salmon.
The new Recirculation Aquaculture System freshwater facility will expand the company’s capacity to rear young salmon. It follows a six-month community consultation period to ensure the plans can benefit the local community and support sustainable growth in the area.
Scott Landsburgh, chief executive of Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation said:
“This is terrific news for the Argyll area. These plans have the potential to bring significant skilled employment and investment to the area and reflect the industry’s ongoing commitment to using the latest technology available when growing production”.
The design of the new facility will support the latest husbandry techniques and will deliver significantly improved energy efficiency than traditional freshwater sites. If approved, the site will offer high-quality jobs and training opportunities in disciplines including fish husbandry, bio-chemistry, and engineers.
Scottish Sea Farms hope to begin construction later this year, with a view to begin rearing the first fish in 2019. This project is part of a total £70 million spend anticipated over the next few years.