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Demand for talks on fish farm job cuts

UK - Highland Council&#39;s vice-convener Michael Foxley has called for a top-level meeting between a council delegation and the chief executive of salmon farming giant Marine Harvest, Hans den Bieman, to discuss the way ahead for the industry in the Highlands and Islands. </b> <br><br> This follows the merger of Nutreco&#39;s fish farming business with Stolt-Neilsen&#39;s salmon farming interests to create the new Marine Harvest, which will control 24% of the world farmed salmon market. <br><br> Marine Harvest announced last week that it was cutting 25% of its workforce of 550 in the Highlands and Islands, following the completion of the merger of Nutreco and Stolt Sea Farms&#39; aquaculture operations, to make the new company more cost-effective. <br><br> Stolt&#39;s salmon processing factory in Scalpay has closed with the loss of 50 jobs and 15 more are due to go in the Western Isles as both companies&#39; farm sites are rationalised. <br><br> That leaves another 75 jobs to be cut on the Highland mainland. <br><br> <i>Source: ThisIsNorthScotland</i>

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