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SSC puts down more roots with £10m freshwater investment

Richard Polanski, SSC recirculation project manager, helps chief executive Craig Anderson, left, plant a tree at the Applecross site. Photo: SSC.
Richard Polanski, SSC recirculation project manager, helps chief executive Craig Anderson, left, plant a tree at the Applecross site. Photo: SSC.

The Scottish Salmon Company today outlined a £10 million investment in new freshwater facilities in Wester Ross.

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A new facility in the Applecross estate, called Applecross Kishorn, is due to be completed in 2020. In a press release, SSC said it will create a centre of excellence in freshwater production, reinforcing the company’s commitment to innovation and best practice.

SSC has also acquired two freshwater facilities in the area. These include on-shore hatchery Appleburn Couldoran and a nearby facility at Loch Damph, which will support increased smolt production.

Appropriately, SSC chief executive Craig Anderson marked the apple-named developments by planting Scottish heritage apple trees at both sites.

Greater capacity

SSC said the developments would provide long term job security for 21 skilled full-time members of staff.

Anderson said: “We are making a significant investment in the Highlands and Islands which will strengthen our freshwater operational infrastructure and deliver greater capacity to meet the increasing global demand for our quality Scottish salmon.

“We are committed to responsible business growth in the communities in which our staff live and work, and to sustainably building on our positive economic impact in these rural areas.

“These infrastructure projects will mean long-term job security and more spending in the local area through our local sourcing policy.”

Sign here: Craig Anderson and Richard Polanski in front of the under-construction Applecross Kishorn facility. Photo: SSC.
Sign here: Craig Anderson and Richard Polanski in front of the under-construction Applecross Kishorn facility. Photo: SSC.
From left: Freshwater technician Nick McNeil, Craig Anderson and freshwater area manager Nial McCallum. Photo: SSC.
From left: Freshwater technician Nick McNeil, Craig Anderson and freshwater area manager Nial McCallum. Photo: SSC.
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