Environment Minister to tour Hebrides

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The Scottish Salmon Company will this week be visited by Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

As part of a three-day tour of the aquaculture industry in the Hebrides, Mr Stevenson will be taken to The Scottish Salmon Company’s processing facility at Marybank, Stornoway on Wednesday August 3. On Thursday, August 4 he will visit West Loch Roag to learn about the company’s award-winning ‘loch stewardship’ system and will also be taken to the Geocrab salmon hatchery to receive a comprehensive view of its sustainable and innovative supply chain.

Chief Operating Officer Stewart McLelland will host Mr Stevenson, explain to him the importance of the aquaculture industry in the Hebrides and discuss the contribution it makes to the economy.

Stewart McLelland said: “We are delighted the Minister is coming to visit the Hebrides to learn more about this dynamic and growing sector and the role it plays in rural communities.”

The Scottish Salmon Company accounts for around 20% of the Scottish salmon industry and employs over 300 people. Scotland-based and operated, it is committed to developing its business within the rural communities in which it operates.

Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“Salmon farming is an important industry in the Outer Hebrides, providing employment opportunities in the production of what is a world-class Scottish product. I look forward to finding out about the operations of The Scottish Salmon Company this week and meeting with local staff.”