Approval was granted yesterday (27 Jan) at an OIC planning meeting for the new site at Westerbister, making it the second largest Scottish Sea Farms site in Orkney.
Scottish Sea Farms’ Orkney region currently produces approximately 6,000 tonnes of quality salmon per annum for some of the UK’s top restaurants and retailers, as well as for key export markets globally.
Richard Darbyshire of Scottish Sea Farms said: “This is really good news for both Scottish Sea Farms and the local community.
“This planning approval has been the culmination of four years of consultation and hard work to ensure that we can build a new fish farm and create brand new jobs in Orkney.
“These full time jobs come with training packages and the opportunity for real long-term careers in the aquaculture industry.
“Today’s decision will allow us to meet the increasing demand we have globally for Scottish Sea Farms Orkney salmon.
“The company will be spending approximately £3m within the Scottish economy, with suppliers and contractors, to locate a new fish farm in this region.”
The new farm will provide a major boost to the company which exports whole gutted Scottish salmon to Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and USA.