Drop-in session to give update on proposed Staffin shellfish facility

A community drop-in session and presentation will be held in Staffin in north Skye in March to update locals on progress towards a new shellfish processing facility.

Plans to build the plant near the slipway — in a partnership between the Staffin Community Trust and Skye Sea Harvest Ltd which could create 40 jobs — were announced in 2013. A number of feasibility studies have been completed — including seismic and environmental reports — and marine/engineering and economic reports are nering completion.

Skye Sea Harvest directors Alex MacInnes and Robert Gray propose to build a state-of-the-art seafood processing facility which will provide a service to the local fish farms, wild fishing and shellfish interests and also enable the community to achieve the phase two upgrade of the Staffin Slipway.

It would mean both commercial and leisure vessels would be able to berth 24-hours a day taking advantage of the proposed access and service improvements that could be delivered through the collaborative project.

No date has yet been fixed for the drop-in session.