The Scottish Salmon Company has submitted a planning application for a new farm site at Reibinish as part of the company’s key objective to increase volumes and help secure a sustainable business in the Western Isles.
This is one of potentially three new applications being considered by the Scottish based and operated salmon farming company for Harris.
Reibinish lies to the south of East Loch Tarbert on South Harris and if approved, the site would farm 2,000 tonnes of salmon which would be processed at the company’s Marybank facility.
Proposals for new salmon farming sites is a controversial one, with concerns raised by fishermen about the impact on their traditional fishing grounds as well as from lobbyists who are concerned about the impact on the natural environment.
Talking about selection of the Reibinish site Stewart McLelland, Chief Operating Officer of The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “Every site chosen is scrupulously assessed and we have consulted widely before submitting a planning application. Reibinish offers the right conditions for salmon farming and would provide an important boost to our Western Isles operation.”
The Scottish Salmon Company hopes to identify two additional new sites on Harris, and is carrying out preliminary investigations across a number of different locations.
The Scottish Salmon Company employs over 400 people, including 150 in the Western Isles. In 2011, the company invested £6.8m in its facilities in the Western Isles and spent over £1.2m with local suppliers.