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The processing facility at Ardveenish in Barra is supplied by the island’s fishing fleet.

The firm exports to the continent - mainly France, Italy and Spain - and, despite any future Brexit trade tariffs, overseas customers are likely to continue to demand to buy its quality, fresh seafood.


Around 11 boats work out of Barra reinforcing how important the fishing industry is for the 1,100-strong island population.


The factory redevelopment will cost £545,635 overall.


The financial assistance comes from a share of £5.2 million for 39 Highlands and Islands’ projects under the latest round of the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to boost growth and protect jobs in the area.


Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Our rural economy plays a crucial role supporting communities across the country which is why investment through the EMFF is so important.


“This support will help processing businesses to expand and enhance their work and make the day to day routines of fishermen easier and safer, by improving the quality of products and enabling them to develop more environmentally friendly methods.


“I will continue to put pressure on the UK Government to engage Scotland on its thinking regarding future funding arrangements in order that we can shape a set of arrangements which respond to Scotland’s needs and reflect the devolved nature of marine policy.”



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