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Scots supplier reveals transatlantic ambitions

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Gael Force Group has revealed its plans to expand its business overseas with the supply of a full range of marine equipment, technology and services to Atlantic Canada’s aquaculture market.

The supplier is actively seeking to make inward investment in Newfoundland and establish a new base to support the dedicated servicing of fish farms in the province, where large growth in salmon production is currently being projected.

Gael Force aims to set-up of a new service base in Newfoundland

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The move follows Gael Force's decision to conduct a series of market research visits into the current and future opportunities on the eastern side of Canada. Gael Force will supply and service customers with a full product range, including pen and barge moorings, plastic fish pens, concrete and steel feed barges, offshore feeding systems and pellet detection software, and underwater technology including cameras and lighting.

The unveiling of the plan coincides with the group’s involvement in its first major conference and trade show in the market at Cold Harvest, in Newfoundland, which opens on 26 September. Group managing director Stewart Graham will take part in two sessions, firstly offering an insight into the strategy planning for the Scottish aquaculture industry’s vision for growth, then giving a detailed overview about the group’s offering to the market. The group will also be demonstrating its established range of equipment at the conference’s trade show, including their revolutionary new SeaFeed pellet detection software, which has been developed in-house and is currently catching the attention of its customers in Scotland.

Speaking ahead of the conference, marketing manager Marc Wilson said: “Our visits to Atlantic Canada have revealed a commitment to aquaculture with a real appetite to grow the industry substantially. Every person we have spoken to has welcomed the prospect of Gael Force making an inward investment in Newfoundland. We are highly confident in our ability to provide a trusted range of equipment and technology that will meet the needs of producers in the Atlantic provinces and enable them to safely and securely meet the highest standards of fish husbandry.

“We fully understand the need for us as a supplier to have a highly skilled and dedicated service team on the ground in Canada to be ready to respond to the specific needs of those customers, and that is something we are totally prepared to commit to."