Argyll & Bute MP Brendan O’Hara saw at first hand today (14 February) the economic importance of aquaculture supply chain companies to Scotland’s West coast economy when he visited Fusion Marine’s new office premises near Oban.
Employing 18 people locally, Fusion Marine has secured many significant orders in recent years from Scottish salmon companies to supply fish farm pens and associated equipment, which are constructed at its manufacturing base at Barcaldine.
Recently, Fusion Marine moved its administration facility into new modern office premises at Malin House at the European Marine Science Park in Dunstaffnage, enabling the company to benefit from the synergies created by being part of the cluster of scientific expertise based there.
Stephen Divers, managing director of Fusion Marine, said: “We were delighted to meet with Brendan O’Hara and highlight to him the crucial role played by the supply chain in supporting Scotland’s important aquaculture sector.
“Salmon farming not only creates many direct jobs, but also supports a vast array of supply companies, providing an additional significant boost to the West coast economy and benefiting schools, shops and numerous other local businesses.
“The meeting also provided a good opportunity to explain to Mr O’Hara our future business development plans for Fusion Marine.”
Brendan O’Hara said: “I was delighted to meet with Stephen Divers and his staff today to better understand their role in the vitally important aquaculture industry; an industry that plays a hugely significant part in our economy here in Argyll & Bute.
“With projected growth in the aquaculture industry, I believe that Fusion Marine has a bright future, and one that will bring even more high value, skilled jobs to the Oban area.”
Photo caption, left to right, Brendan O’Hara MP, Stephen Divers, managing director of Fusion Marine, and John MacGregor, company secretary of Fusion Marine. Photo: Kevin McGlynn