Scottish Sea Farms earns approval for Orkney salmon farm
Scottish Sea Farms will build a new salmon farm at Westerbister after the Orkney Islands Council planning committee approved of it at its 27 January meeting.
The GBP 3 million (USD 4.27 million, EUR 3.92 million) farm will be composed of 16 100-meter cages and have the capacity to hold 1,791 tons of salmon, making it the second largest Scottish Sea Farms site in Orkney. Six new jobs will be created when the new farm opens.
“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,” said Scottish Sea Farms Regional Manager Richard Darbyshire. “Today’s decision will allow us to meet the increasing demand we have globally for Scottish Sea Farms Orkney salmon.”
The Westerbister farm will join Scottish Sea Farms’ Orkney region, which currently produces approximately 6,000 tons of salmon annually for both domestic consumption in the United Kingdom as well as for export to global markets.