Fish farm expansion brings jobs to Orkney

APPROVAL has been granted for the expansion of the Scottish Sea Farms site at Eday, north of Orkney.

The £1 million expansion will create four new jobs locally, doubling the existing number of employees at the Eday site, and significantly increase production of the quality product farmed in Orkney waters. The existing site will increase from six cages to 12, which will more than double the site’s consent from 800T to 1900T, making it the largest Scottish Sea Farms site in Orkney.

With a local population of only 150, this number of new jobs has been welcomed by the local community. Eday is located in the northern isles of Orkney, 15 miles from mainland Orkney and is one of Scottish Sea Farms’ most remote locations for farming salmon.

Local Area Manager, Richard Darbyshire, of Scottish Sea Farms, said: ‘This is good news for both Scottish Sea Farms and the local community. Importantly, we have created some brand new jobs in a remote location. We want to continue to build relationships locally and will bring skilled employment with training packages for local people.

‘This increased consent will allow us also to meet the increasing demand we have globally for Scottish Sea Farms Orkney salmon. Our Heart of the Community Trust is also there to support community initiatives that make a real difference to people’s lives.’

Scottish Sea Farms’ Orkney region currently produces approx 5000T of quality salmon per annum for some of the UK’s top restaurants and retailers, as well as for key export markets globally.