GR Direct - Sony - Save up to £300 on selected Bravia OLED & LED TVs
Thursday 30 May 2024
 10.5°C   NNW Gentle Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Marine / Grieg Seafood lose 200,000 juvenile salmon in fire

The Girlsta hatchery

AROUND 200,000 baby salmon were lost at the Girlsta hatchery as a result of a fire in the plant’s oxygen delivery system on Wednesday afternoon.

The 40 gram sized juvenile fish (known as parr) were starved of oxygen when employees had to switch off the power to the plant while firefighters from Lerwick and Scalloway were tackling the blaze.

Hatchery owner Grieg Seafood Shetland said the rest of the three million fish at the site were saved and that production has returned to normal.

Part of the equipment in the parr unit was damaged, but the building as well as the plant’s other units – for eggs, fry and smolts – were unaffected by the incident.

Managing director Grant Cumming said the fire would not impact on the company’s planned smolt output to sea.

The building and the fish were insured, and the event will not have significant economic impact on the company, he said.

“Most importantly, no employees got hurt during this incident. Staff did exactly what they were trained to do in such events, which minimised the impact of the fire,” Cumming said on Thursday morning.

“I want to thank the team at Girlsta for their prompt action and problem solving which have minimised the scale of the incident. I also want to thank the Shetland fire brigade and our engineering supplier Ocean Kinetics for responding so quickly.”

Grieg Seafood has launched an investigation in what happened to avoid similar incidents in the future.

The company is Shetland’s largest salmon farming company with an average annual production of 22,000 tonnes.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.