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Marine Harvest Plans Residential Fish Farms

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SCOTLAND, UK - Salmon producer, Marine Harvest, is planning to create a number of offshore fish farms in the Western Isles workers would actually live.

Other possible areas includes coast around the Highlands and Argyll and Bute and there are plans for a shore base at Barra, one of the many islands under consideration, reports FishUpdate.

The "open sea" idea is not new, but they would be the first of their kind in Scotland or indeed the UK. The idea for teams of up to six people to live on and work from moored boats. These residential fish farms are already operated successfully in Norway and Canada.

Alan Sutherland, Managing Director of Marine Harvest Scotland said: "We have been looking at the opportunities that exist and believe the future of fish farming lies further off-shore. This is possible if we use residential fish farms similar to the systems which we already use in Norway and British Columbia where I previously worked."

The company hopes to take advantage of the growing demand for farmed Scottish salmon across Europe. Consumption of fish has been rising by between six and eight per cent each year.

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