Marine Harvest Scotland welcomes Isle of Rum farm approval
Marine Harvest has secured planning approval for a new salmon farm off the Isle of Rum on the west coast of Scotland, the company has confirmed.
The farm, which is expected to create 10 new jobs, is one of the next-generation of open sea farms being developed by Marine Harvest.
Since 2009, it has established new farms in Barra, the Isle of Muck, and Colonsay.
“We are delighted that the committee has approved our plans for a salmon farm off Rum. This will bring much-needed jobs to the island. We look forward to starting work on the salmon farm and plan to be operational this year, growing high quality salmon to meet the demands of our customers across the globe,” said Ben Hadfield, managing director of Marine Harvest Scotland.
The company has also been granted planning permission to build a new wrasse hatchery at Machrihanish, near Campbeltown, which is expected to produce 800,000 cleaner fish per year. In addition, it is redeveloping the former Anglesey Aquaculture seabass farm in north Wales to grow between 800,000 and one million wrasse per year.