Green light for new Orkney salmon farm

Scottish Sea Farms has been given approval for a new salmon farm in Orkney, marking a multi-million-pound investment by the company.

Scottish Sea Farms worker on a salmon farm at Shapinsay, Orkney. Picture: Contributed

With consent to grow up to 1,677 tonnes of salmon, the new farm, off the small island of Hunda within Scapa Flow, will see a £3.2m investment in infrastructure.

The approval is said to follow on from “years of research, planning and consultation” by Scottish Sea Farms’ environment and production teams.

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Production manager for Orkney, Richard Darbyshire, said: “Salmon farming continues to advance at a great pace and this new farm at Hunda will benefit from the latest know-how and technologies.

“Each and every aspect of our farming activity has been carefully considered: from enhancing fish health and welfare, to protecting local marine life and the surrounding environment.”

Overseeing day-to-day activities at Hunda will be a specialist farm team, creating six new full-time roles in the local community.