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We’ve been operating as Scottish Sea Farms for over 20 years now, however the company itself was established over 50 years ago.
Below are some of the key milestones in our growth and development:
Our story began in 1969 as Repetex Limited, incorporated under the Companies Acts 1948 to 1967, no. 958001.
Four years later, Repetex was renamed Golden Sea Produce – often referred to as GSP – and began establishing farms and facilities in the Oban and Mull areas of Argyll and Bute.
The mid-1990s brought another name change when GSP was sold to Norsk Hydro Group and renamed Hydro Seafood GSP.
One year later, Hydro Seafood GSP made an acquisition of its own, with the purchase of Shetland Salmon Producers. It also established a Head Office in Stirling, in the central belt of Scotland.
Come the early noughties, Hydro Seafood GSP was sold to Norskott Havbruk AS – a joint venture between Norwegian salmon producers Leroy Seafood Group and SalMar ASA trading as Scottish Sea Farms.
The company’s steady expansion continued – this time with the purchase of its first three Shetland farms, acquired from MJM Salmon.
In further consolidation of the Shetland salmon sector, Scottish Sea Farms acquired additional fish farming facilities from the No Catch Group.
Scottish Sea Farms expanded its estate, buying three freshwater lochs and two existing marine farms from Kinloch Damph Limited, better known as KLD.
Over on the other archipelago that makes up the Northern Isles, Scottish Sea Farms purchased its first Orkney assets, acquiring six marine farms and two hatcheries from Orkney Sea Farms.
Loch Eriboll and neighbouring Sian Bay join the Scottish Sea Farms’ estate, becoming our most northerly locations on the Scottish mainland.
The company celebrated 10 years under the ownership of Leroy Seafood Group and SalMar ASA.
New year and another all-new farm for Orkney as Westerbister takes stock of its first generation of fish.
Come November 2018, Barcaldine Hatchery was ready to take delivery of its first salmon eggs.
Completing the lifecycle, December 2020 saw our Loch Nevis harvest the fish Barcaldine-grown fish. Just weeks later, Barcaldine Hatchery celebrated transferring its 10 millionth smolt to sea for on-growing.
Scottish Sea Farms added to its Orkney estate with an all-new farm at Wyre, while our mainland region brings on board Scallastle in the Sound of Mull.
Investment in our freshwater facilities saw construction begin on a new state of the art RAS hatchery at Barcaldine near Oban.
One year to the month later, those first eggs were ready for transfer to our marine farms.
In June 2021, Scottish Sea Farms signed a Share Purchase Agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Grieg Seafood Hjaltland UK from Grieg Seafood ASA; a bid later given the green light by the UK Competition and Markets Authority, and successfully completed on 15 December of the same year.