Cod Trials Going Well As New Batch Is Delivered Fish Farming Today Published: 23 July, 2003
WESTER Ross Salmon Ltd is continuing its cod farming trial thanks to a new batch of cod from Machrihanish Marine Farm for ongrowing to market size.
This is the second batch the farm has taken for ongrowing, the first now being six months old and performing well. Says Gilpin Bradley, general manager of the company: The growth curve is already ahead of expectations and this new batch has seen very few mortalities. We are very happy with the way the trial is going and expect to have fish ready for sale over the Christmas period.
Mr Bradley has established a separate company for cod farming and other marine species in Loch Broom. Annat Bay Marine Ltd will grow the cod and supply the Dingwall processing plant, which Wester Ross owns. We will harvest at Christmas and New Year when the cod are around 2kg and we have customers already eager for the product, states Mr Bradley, adding that 3kg is the ideal market size, which the fish should reach before Spring 2004.
Wester Ross Salmon already contributes significantly to the local economy and a recently commissioned economic impact study for the company shows that the Annat Bay Marine proposal will provide 10 full time equivalent jobs to the immediate remote area with further indirect jobs. Currently Wester Ross Salmon employs 67 in the Highlands & Islands, with an additional 48 indirect jobs dependent on this business.