Jobs may be created as Shetland processor plans to expand –

Jobs may be created as Shetland processor plans to expand Published:  31 August, 2005

JOBS look likely to be created as Shetland’s largest salmon processors, Lerwick Fish Traders (LFT), plan to undertake a major expansion and development project at their salmon processing facility in Lerwick.

LFT plan to build an extension to its existing factory in Lerwick and install the latest processing equipment. Currently the plant produces finished and semi-finished salmon products for buyers across the UK, but the new extension will allow LFT to expand its services to include a new smoked range of products.Shetland Enterprise is investing £230,000 in the £3 million project.

This development will not only secure the posts of 170 people already employed by LFT but also has the potential to create many new posts.Michael Stark from LFT said: “We hope that this project will not only provide a state of the art facility in Shetland which produces high quality, high value products but will also help the local salmon industry to remain viable.” Mr Stark continued: “We are very thankful for the financial assistance from Shetland Enterprise, part of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) network, Shetland Islands Council, Shetland Development Trust and the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD).” LFT supply products to their existing customers through Shetland Products Limited (SPL). Both LFT and SPL operate under parent company, Hjaltland Seafarms UK Ltd Group (HSF) – the largest employer in salmon rearing, processing and sales in Shetland, and the third largest Scottish salmon group. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish European Fish Trader, Fishing Monthly, Fish Farming Today, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.