A fish processing plant is to create 10 new jobs in the Western Isles when it extends its facilities with a new harvest station.
The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) is investing £750,000 in the facility at Arnish, on Lewis, which is expected to be operating within a month.
It is the latest stage in the redevelopment of the Marybank processing plant, which reopened in the autumn of 2010 creating 70 jobs.
SSC's general manager in Stornoway, Alan Brown, said: "The facility, which will work in tandem with our existing harvest station at Lochinver, will greatly improve efficiency at Marybank by enabling us to start processing earlier. In effect, fish will be harvested in the morning and processed the same day ensuring optimum freshness.
“Our fish grown in the islands will be processed in the islands. It’s a great message to take to our customers: high quality, fresh Hebridean salmon, produced in the most sustainable way.
“Arnish gives us a green, cost-effective operation that will complement Lochinver, and will support harvesting from our major Hebridean farms in Loach Roag.”
The Marybank plant, which has been given a £3m refurbishment, is one of the few in the world to produce pre-rigor pin bone out fillets, increasing shelf life by up to two days.
Stewart McLelland, chief executive of SSC, said: “We are very proud of the success of Marybank and of our operations in the Western Isles. The confidence that breeds is behind the plans for Arnish and our belief that we can build a sustainable salmon farming business that supports jobs and communities for the long term.”
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