Salmon processor invests in new equipment –

Salmon processor invests in new equipment Published:  12 February, 2008

A SHETLAND based salmon processing company is to upgrade its equipment and production facilities, to the tune of £860,000.

Scottish Sea Farms Ltd, at its Scalloway processing plant, aims to be at the forefront of salmon production in the isles, and nationally, by producing more salmon of better quality.

They are in the process of upgrading their harvesting and chilling production line as well as introducing an automatic fish grading, and high-tech packaging system.

HIE Shetland has just approved a grant of £137,600 to help the company finance the investment.

HIE Shetland director Ann Black said: “Scottish Sea Farms produce around 24,000 tonnes of salmon annually, representing 17 per cent of the total Scottish production.

“The company is therefore of strategic importance to the infrastructure of the salmon farming industry in Shetland.

“Shetland in turn is a major contributor to the Scottish economy, both in terms of the jobs that it generates and the location of these jobs in rural and fragile areas.” is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.