MH seeks to expand on Muck

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MARINE Harvest is hoping to increase capacity at its farm on Muck by 1,000 tonnes, according to a report in the Press and Journal.
The Inner Hebrides farm was opened four years ago as part of an £80 million expansion by the firm, and is one of a number of larger, more exposed sites.
The company has submitted an application to Highland Council to increase production from 2,500 tonnes to 3,500 tonnes, with the addition of two new farm pens.
If approved, the expansion would create three new jobs, adding to the fish farm’s full-time workforce of six on the island, which has a population of 38. New houses were built on Muck to accommodate staff.
Marine Harvest business support manager Steve Bracken told the Press and Journal: ‘The opening of the fish farm off Muck in 2014 gave a real boost to the island in terms of both jobs and houses.
‘We opened the fish farm after an extensive consultation process which clearly showed support for our plans.’
The proposed expansion has been welcomed on the island, with locals reportedly saying the fish farm ‘had been of great benefit to the island community’.
As well as building new homes, Marine Harvest has also made improvements to the jetty.
Earlier this year, the company was granted planning permission for a salmon farm off another of the small isles, Rum. It is expected to create 12 new jobs.


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