Salmon firm to increase promotion of Arran farm – Fishfarmer Magazine

Salmon firm to increase promotion of Arran farm 30 April, 2014 –

ONE of Scotland’s leading salmon farming businesses is keen to promote its work on Arran, as overseas exports of the fish continue to rapidly grow.

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC), which has a farm in Lamlash Bay, produces around 1,400 tonnes of fish each year in Arran’s waters, and more than 20,000 tonnes nationwide.

There are six members of staff working in Lamlash Bay overseeing all the elements of fish husbandry that take the salmon from small hatchlings through to full-growth during a three-year cycle. 

With more than 400 staff at 60 separate sites across the Highlands and Islands and West Coast, the company is now a large Scottish employer.

And in recent months SSC has seen overseas exports increase with more than 40 per cent of its sales going to high-end retailers and restaurateurs in France and the US and also the emerging markets of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and China.

Managing director, Craig Anderson, says he is keen to promote Arran’s salmon all over the world by working closely with Alistair Dobson at Taste of Arran.

‘We are extremely proud of the salmon that we produce for our customers here on Arran,’ said Mr Anderson.

‘Because we are the wholesaler we don’t market our salmon as necessarily being from each specific farm in Scotland but we recognise the importance to customers of knowing exactly where the fish has come from.

‘Arran is becoming famous around the globe as a world-class producer of quality food products and we are keen to have our salmon recognised alongside those.’

In the past there had been concerns expressed by some on the island about the environmental impact of fish-farming.

But Mr Anderson believes his company is actually helping with regeneration and sustainability in Lamlash, and all over Scotland.

‘Our method of farming has very little impact on the seabed so in actual fact the No Take Zone in Lamlash is not affected in any way by our farm,’ he said.

‘We are absolutely dedicated to providing the best possible care for our fish – because we know that a healthy fish, reared in optimum conditions and harvested in the most humane and stress-free circumstances, produces the very best in terms of a quality food product.

‘We are committed to a standard of fish-farming which never impacts on the environment in any way that can’t be reversed and we leave a fish farm site in at least as good a status as it was and we often do much to rejuvenate sites, and leave them better than we found them.’