The processing facility at Ardveenish in Barra is supplied by the island’s fishing
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.”
Major upgrade planned for Barratlantic factory
7 August 2017
Barratlantic has been awarded £273,000 funding to upgrade the shellfish factory.