Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Two locally-owned salmon farms sold to Norwegian operator

Two of the last Shetland owned salmon farms have been sold to the Norwegian fish farming giant Grieg Seafood Hjaltland in a deal worth UK£2.2 million (US$3.619 million). The sale of Robert Nicolson’s Skelda Salmon and George Duncan’s G Duncan (Salmon) Ltd leaves just four working salmon farms in local ownership: two in Unst, one in Yell and one in Skerries. Over 90 percent of the industry is now in the hands of three foreign operators who are keen to increase production in a booming market.

The two farms bought by Hjaltland at Spoose Holm, off the Scalloway isles, and Setter Voe off Burra are licensed to produce 2,100 tonnes of fish but neither is currently growing fish. Hjaltland plans to restock them in spring next year. G Duncan has not grown its own fish for a number of years and was leased to Skelda. It was hit by the outbreak of infectious salmon anaemia in 2009 which started in a nearby Scottish Sea Farms site. Skelda was forced to harvest the fish in November 2009 and leave the site fallow. Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers
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