The Inverkerry Hatchery and Smolt Unit at Gairloch in Wester Ross will organically produce around 1.2 million young salmon every year, before they are transferred a short distance to the wild sea to mature.

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Mairi Gougeon, said: “This significant investment in the new facilities at Inverkerry is another example of how Scotland’s aquaculture industry is championing and driving innovation.

“Such innovation will ensure the sector continues to deliver improvements, in this case to fish health and welfare.

“It is imperative the aquaculture industry, and its supply chain, continues to invest in research, development and innovation to support the sector’s long-term sustainability.”

The major upgrade of the Hendrix Genetics site directly supports five local jobs and ensures the hatchery will have a long-term future supplying its partner Organic Sea Harvest with quality smolts.

Trade body Salmon Scotland has welcomed the unveiling, which delivers on the sector’s ambition to become world-leading in the provision of healthy, tasty, nutritious food, produced in the most responsible and sustainable way.