Fire breaks out at Grieg Seafood’s hatchery in Scotland

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Salmon farmer assessing damages.

In a statement, Grieg Shetland reports that on Wednesday afternoon a fire broke out in the parr department of Grieg Seafood’s hatchery at Girlsta.

Emergency services were immediately called and quickly extinguished the fire. No employees have been reported injured.

Grieg Seafood Shetland Managing Director Grant Cumming said: “The most important thing is that no employees got hurt and that the fire is extinguished. We will now assess the damages and investigate all aspects of this incident to find out what has happened.”

“Grieg Seafood will get back with more information once it is available,” added Cumming.

The GBP 15 million facility was built in 2015. According to Hatchery International, the site has 14 tanks, each 230 kbm. The parr department has eight similar sized tanks and the fry department has 14 tanks, eleven at 34 kbm and five at 64 kbm.

Grieg Seafood Head of Communications Kristina Furnes told TDN Direkt later on that: “Most of the fish in that department and all the fish in the other departments are not affected and production is ongoing. The incident will not affect plans for release in the sea.”

Furnes added that the hatchery is insured and that the company is currently investigating what happened.