Marine Harvest to lose 100 jobs

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Marine Harvest, the company to which Young’s Seafood lost their £100 million Sainsbury’s contract, have today said they will cut 100 jobs in Scotland.

The Norwegian fish farming company won the Sainsbury’s contract last year resulting in mass job losses at Young’s Seafood plant in Fraserburgh.

But now the company is set to cut up to 100 jobs at its Scottish fish farms after a drop in production.

Lewis MacDonald, MSP for the North-East, said: “It does beg questions about Marine Harvest as a whole and what they have been telling us.”

The Labour MSP raised concerns on the lead up to Christmas that there was more Harvest brand Norwegian salmon appearing on Sainsbury’s shelves instead of Scottish salmon as Marine Harvest were unable to meet their quotas.

The result of Marine Harvest not meeting their quotas means that Norwegian salmon packaged in France is being stocked or Scottish salmon processed in Poland.

Mr MacDonald said: “The exporting of Scottish jobs is a concern.”

Ben Hadfield, managing director of Marine Harvest Scotland, said: “We will be sorry to see staff leaving, as we have a highly-skilled and talented team here at Marine Harvest Scotland.

“However, the industry is moving at a fast pace and fish farming is in a very different place today from where it was 10 or even five years ago.”