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14 May 2019, at 12:26pm

Net pen specialist Gael Force Fusion has been successful in its bid to acquire the former premises of the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary at Barcaldine – a move that could create eight more jobs in aquaculture.

The Argyll-based marine and aquaculture equipment manufacturer will move from its current location at Barcaldine, which it leases from Scottish Sea Farms.

Gael Force Fusion, formerly Fusion Marine, specialises in making net pens for the salmon farming sector
Gael Force Fusion, formerly Fusion Marine, specialises in making net pens for the salmon farming sector

By committing to an investment at the former visitor attraction, Gael Force hope to create a further eight jobs on top of the 22 they already support in the Oban area.

The new premises will enable Gael Force Fusion to continue with its plans to invest in innovative fish farm pen systems, research and development, technical design and manufacturing, delivering value to the market in support of their long-standing key customers in Scotland and overseas.

Gael Force MD, Stewart Graham, commented: “This is a clear indication of our commitment to the Argyll region where we will be aiming to regenerate an existing unused business premises to support our continued strategic growth plans and large programme of work. The positive outcome of our investment is that we are able to support our current workforce, move ahead with our plans for creating further sustainable jobs in Argyll and contribute to the economic stability in the area. This development is another strong signal that the aquaculture sector is playing a leading role in creating sustainable careers and supporting the rural economy”.

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