Aberdeenshire Council has heralded the success of a scheme to improve standards across the seafood processing sector in Scotland.
Nine companies have succeeded in achieving the new Scottish Seafood Association (SSA) Standard.
The accolade is an initiative that involves the training of staff, guidance on aspects of the business, factory audits and mentoring.
The nine successful companies are: Seafood Sourcing Ltd, Enterfoods, Jack Taylor Ltd, GMR Seafoods Ltd, Braehead (SFO Enterprises Ltd), J H Milne Peterhead Ltd, Sustainable Seafoods Peterhead Ltd, Jack Fish Co Ltd and Messers J Smith.
It is being funded by the industry, Aberdeenshire Council, Scotland Food & Drink, NESFLAG (EMFF), the Scottish Government and Seafish.
Suzanne Robertson, business development executive of Aberdeenshire Council, who has been closely involved in the project, said: “This is also making the seafood industry a far more attractive career choice for many within our communities.”
SSA Chief Executive Jimmy Buchan said: “A significant part of the remit of the SSA is to drive up standards across the sector in Scotland.”