The operators of a long established fishfarm at Glenmoriston have been given permission to more than double its size, giving it room to produce around 11 million fish per year.
The new £20million hatchery at Inchmore was approved yesterday by members of Highland Council’s south planning committee.
The new building will replace the existing, 37-year-old hatchery and have a workforce of up to 25.
Marine Harvest Scotland managing director Alan Sutherland said: “This is a much needed facility for us to grow our smolts in order to supply our expanding network of sea farms across the western Highlands and islands.
“Farmed salmon is a huge success story for Scotland. Scottish salmon is in demand all over the world from France to China and from the USA to Italy.”
The facility will be a sister hatchery to one at Lochailort that opened in 2013 and part of an £80million investment programme.