Scottish Sea Farms invests £37m in further sites

FISH breeder Scottish Sea Farms yesterday unveiled a £37 million investment under which it will open further sites and expand its freshwater operations.

The firm, owned by Norwegian outfits Leroy Seafood Group and SalMar, will create jobs in Dumfries, the Highlands and Orkney.

Scottish environment minister Paul Whitehouse, who visited a SalMar site on the Norwegian island of Froya on Thursday, said: “This investment in infrastructure and expansion over the next two years is great news for the aquaculture industry and for our economy.”

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His comments came just days after figures from the Scottish Government showed that fresh salmon exports rose by 13 per cent year-on-year during the first five months of 2013 to £150m.