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Concerns over fish factory jobs

Lighthouse farms, process, packs and sells salmon

Fish farming company Lighthouse Caledonia has confirmed it is in talks with its workforce over plans for the future of its factory on Lewis.

There have been strong rumours the plant, which employs about 100 people, at Marybank will close in the new year.

Islands politicians have expressed concerns about the factory's future.

MSP Alasdair Allan said it was one of the biggest private employers on the Western Isles, while MP Angus MacNeil has been in touch with management.

'Impact heavily'

Mr Allan said: "I have today phoned Enterprise Minister Jim Mather urging the Scottish Government to intervene to ensure that a future can be found for the company within the islands.

"I have also spoken to the managing director of Lighthouse Caledonia to emphasise the vital importance of his company to the islands and to offer to work together with the company and other agencies to ensure jobs stay here."

Mr MacNeil MP said: "I am very concerned with the news emanating from the islands biggest salmon company, this news will impact heavily on jobs at the factory, and at local companies.

"I have been in touch with management, and am hoping to meet with them as soon as is practically possible."


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