The Inter Caledonia, a wellboat operated by new Salmon Scotland member Intership.

Salmon Scotland adds six new members

Wellboat companies, packaging providers, trucker, and fish health consultant swell ranks of trade body

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Six new supply chain businesses ranging from foam moulders to vets have joined Salmon Scotland, the trade body representing the country’s salmon farmers, supply chain, and others with connections to the sector.

The firms cover a geographical spread from Dumfriesshire to Shetland, and across the central belt from Broxburn to Cumbernauld, as Salmon Scotland continues its expansion.

Salmon Scotland now has 41 members, it said in a press release.

Membership has more than tripled since the start of the year as Salmon Scotland undergoes significant organisational growth. The ongoing expansion includes Scottish, UK and international firms.

The new members are:

  • Moulded Foams
  • Intership
  • Ocean Farm Services
  • VAI Consulting
  • Packaging Solutions Scotland
  • Solway Transport
Tavish Scott: "The supply chain extends to cities and towns across Scotland and beyond."

Widespread impact

Salmon Scotland chief executive Tavish Scott said: “Our continued expansion shows just how vital the success of farm-raised salmon is to our economy.

“While our producers in coastal communities are at the heart of our sector, the supply chain extends well beyond this - to cities and towns across Scotland and beyond.

“Thousands of jobs in a huge array of different roles all contribute to the extraordinary success of Scottish salmon, which is more important than ever as the economic storm clouds gather.

“Salmon farmers who care for their fish daily and produce a healthy, nutritious product that is renowned around the world can only do this because of the dedication and hard work of so many companies which are part of the Salmon Scotland family.”

The new recruits

Moulded Foams’ products included expanded polystyrene (EPS) boxes used to deliver farmed salmon to customers. The company has premises in Cumbernauld, and at Marybank on Lewis, which is where Bakkafrost Scotland operates a processing plant.

Norwegian wellboat company Intership operates in Scotland, Iceland, North America, and Chile, as well as in its home country. Its 69.8 metre Inter Caledonia operates in Scotland, and a hybrid-power vessel, the Inter Scotia, is under construction by the Spanish shipyard Zamakona Yards Bilbao.

Ocean Farm Services was formed by the merger of two well-established local Shetland firms, Whalsay based Aurora Marine Ltd. and Scalloway based North Isles Marine Ltd, and offers a one-stop-shop for all salmon farming vessel services, including wellboats.

Galway-based VAI Consulting specialises in fish health and works internationally, while Packaging Solutions Scotland, based in Broxburn, provides collapsible, re-usable plastic crates for feed transport, and Canonbie’s Solway Transport specialises in road transport of live fish.