A business deal has been reached between Brae-based seafood company Blueshell Mussels and fellow operators Demlane and Si Seafarms Ltd. The move is being seen as a major step in protecting and developing Shetland’s mussel farming industry.
As part of the agreement Blueshell will acquire Demlane’s sea service assets – such as workboats and equipment – as well as the current Demlane sea crew.
That should allow Demlane to concentrate on its newly extended processing factory in Walls, and create a platform from which to launch a new seafood range of products.
Meanwhile Blueshell has also signed an agreement to manage the 15 Shetland mussel sites held by Si Seafarms, which was previously run by Demlane.
Managing director of Blueshell Mussels Michael Laurenson said: “As our core business strength and expertise is in mussel production and primary mussel processing, I believe it makes sense for us to concentrate on this, and in so doing can bring growth, economic benefit and efficiency through this development.”
Chairman of Si Seafarms David Fell said: “We look forward to working closely with Blueshell Mussels Limited to continue to develop a European class mussel growing industry based in Shetland.”
Chairman and managing director of Demlane Malcolm Parkinson added: “This agreement allows each of the companies concerned to play to their strengths, creating economies of scale, efficiencies in processing and adding value throughout the supply chain, bringing new and exciting products to the UK and EU market place.”