Skretting announces job losses in Scalloway

Salmon is forecast to be one of Scotland's growth sectors.

A HANDFUL of jobs are set to be lost in Scalloway as a result of Norwegian salmon feed producer Skretting closing down its UK production by April 2019.

The company said on Tuesday that it will close its aquafeed plant in Invergordon in spring next year. The move will result in the closure of the company’s warehouse at Blacksness Pier.

In a statement, the company’s chief executive Therese Log Bergjord said: “Unfortunately, we are experiencing unsustainable market conditions in the UK.”

Referring to a new salmon feed plant that is built in the west of Scotland, she added: “With a new large feed plant becoming operational in Scotland early 2019, the total feed capacity in the region is expected to exceed the total market by more than 50 per cent.

“This is driving down prices, leading to an unsustainable commercial environment.

“We have therefore made the decision to start consulting with our employees on a proposal to cease feed production in the UK.”