SCOTLAND, UK - Scottish Sea Farms, a leading aquaculture company, has opened a new salmon farm in Eday, north of Orkney, following a £1.3 million investment, writes Lucy Towers, TheFishSite Editor.
The new farm will consist of cages for on growing only, with the fish being sent elsewhere for processing.
The new farm is the company's most remote.
Local Area Manager, Richard Darbyshire of Scottish Sea Farms, said: “The waters around Eday are renowned for their fast flowing currents and high water quality. This environment is ideal for growing strong muscular fish of premium quality. To farm in such an environment has required a high level of investment in the latest ‘state of the art’ mooring systems and circular cages."
The new farm has also benefitted the small local community through the creation of six jobs.
Built as a response to more demand for salmon, the farm will be expected to produce around 1,200 tonnes of salmon over the next 18 months, for sale in the UK market
If the new farm proves successful, Scottish Sea Farms may plan similar farm developments close by.
Scottish Sea Farms' Orkney region currently produces approximately 4,000 tonnes of salmon per year for some of the UK’s top restaurants and retailers, as well as for key export markets globally.