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£10 million freshwater investment

12 April 2019, at 11:00am

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has today announced investments totalling £10 million in three major new freshwater projects.

A new facility in Wester Ross, to be known as Applecross Kishorn, is due to be completed in 2020 and will create a centre of excellence in freshwater production.

Craig Anderson, SSC's chief executive, and Richard Polanski SSC's recirculation project manager, at the Applecross Kishorn site, which is due to be completed in 2020
Craig Anderson, SSC's chief executive, and Richard Polanski SSC's recirculation project manager, at the Applecross Kishorn site, which is due to be completed in 2020

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SSC has also acquired two freshwater facilities in the area. These include on-shore hatchery Appleburn Couldoran - formerly operated by Scottish Sea Farms - and a cage-based smolt facility on Loch Damph.

To mark the new developments at Kishorn and Couldoran, SSC’s Chief Executive Craig Anderson planted Scottish heritage apple trees at both sites.

The new investments will provide long term job security for 21 skilled full time members of staff. They follow record results for the Company in 2018, that saw revenues reach £180.1 million and export volumes hit more than 60 percent of sales, with particular success in key export markets North America and the Far East.

SSC’s Chief Executive, Craig Anderson, said: “We are making a significant investment in the Highlands and Islands which will strengthen our freshwater operational infrastructure and deliver greater capacity to meet the increasing global demand for our quality Scottish salmon.

“We are committed to responsible business growth in the communities in which our staff live and work, and to sustainably building on our positive economic impact in these rural areas. These infrastructure projects will mean long-term job security and more spending in the local area through our local sourcing policy.”

 

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