29 November, 2008
jobs will be created in Shetland after a new aquaculture business received a
£370,000 loan from the local council to help purchase a second hand well boat.
North Isles Marine Ltd will specialise in transporting live fish for harvest,
grading and counting, smolt movement and disinfection treatments.
The business, based on the island of Yell, is owned by Gilbert and Marianne
Clark, from Burravoe.
The company recently acquired the 32 metre Martin Saele from its
Norwegian former owners. The vessel is well known in the salmon industry and has
been operating in Shetland waters for the past 10 years.
Mr Clark, the master of the vessel, said he was delighted with the financial
backing which allowed him to start trading.
"The vessel will be available predominantly to provide well boat services to
Shetland and Scottish salmon producers and ensure that fish transported reach
their destination, quickly, efficiently and in prime condition," he said.
General manager of industry body Shetland Aquaculture, David Sandison, said it
was good to see a local company seeking business opportunities in one of
Shetland's main industries.
"It is very positive to see a Shetland-owned company looking for opportunities
to provide essential services to the salmon industry. Rather than contract in
these services we should always look closer to home and encourage this type of
development," he said.
Shetland Islands Council is in the position to give loans to local industry
through income the authority generates by operating the oil harbour at the
Sullom Voe oil terminal.