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- Peter Drucker, Management Expert & Economist


Marine Harvest to establish Scottish fish-feed plant

Fish farming company Marine Harvest has submitted a planning application with Highland Council for an GBP 80 million fish feed factory on Skye.

The application includes assessments of transport, noise and wildlife as well as the potential impact on the Marine Protected Area.

According to Marine Harvest's sources, the plant will produce food for the firm's Scottish fish farms as well as those in Norway, Ireland and the Faroe Islands.

The firm states the site at Altanavaig quarry is more than large enough to accommodate the development, which will include the feed plant itself as well as raw material storage silos, product storage and packaging, a loading area and car parking.

Marine Harvest's executive board stated that they expect the construction of the facility will take between a year and 18 months, forecasting it could be up and running as early as 2018, depending on the planning process, Press and Journal reported.

Ben Hadfield, managing director of Marine Harvest Scotland, said: "We have been very pleased with the response to our plan to build a fish feed plant at Kyleakin."

The executive expressed confidence that they have addressed the questions from the community members during the consultation period and have reassured them on the issues they brought up.

Source: FIS

The firm stresses that the facility would create around 55 new full time jobs and, based on experience of a similar plant in Norway, has the potential to encourage a variety of indirect employment and spending throughout the local area and West Coast of Scotland.

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