Salmon farm delivers £3m boost for Scottish businesses

Scottish Sea Farms has announced it is to spend over £3m with Scottish suppliers as it prepares to open a new salmon farm in Orkney.

The Lober Rock farm, located in the Scapa Flow, will create six new full-time roles as well as a number of jobs across the supply chain.

Among those increasing their workforce to meet demand is the Gael Force Group who have secured a contract with Scottish Sea Farms to build a 200ft steel feed barge, along with moorings, salmon pens and environmental monitoring technology.

Scottish Sea Farms’ Managing Director Jim Gallagher said: “These orders will equip our new farm with the latest technologies, ensuring we’re Scottish Technical Standard 2020 compliant and giving our salmon the very best environment in which to grow.”

Gael Force Group’s Managing Director Stewart Graham said:“As part of a planned increase of 10 new employees in Lochaber, we have already advertised six newly-created fabricator roles as a direct result of the barge being built at Gael Force Boatbuilding in Corpach, and we are also increasing our workforce with multiple new roles at our pen-building facility, Gael Force Fusion in Oban.”

Other companies awarded contracts include; Macduff Shipyards in Aberdeenshire, Ayrshire’s W&J Knox and Leask Marine in Orkney.

These latest contract awards come on the back of a year in which Scottish Sea Farms spent a record £113m across 676 local suppliers, with plans to invest a further £25m in capital infrastructure projects over the next 12 months.

It’s estimated that Scotland’s salmon farmers combined spend in excess of £595m annually procuring goods and services from Scottish suppliers.

Orkney’s Scapa Flow (Pic: Scottish Sea Farms)