In this guest post, Heather Jones, CEO of the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre, reflects on how the former coal port’s industrial past means it already has the attributes to help Scotland’s fish farming sector.
I remember when Hunterston was built and there was a great deal made about this industrial complex coming to such a beautiful part of Ayrshire.
Without doubt, the site now has the opportunity go in a different direction as it looks to develop.
There are big opportunities for investing in sectors of the future – particularly aquaculture.
Hunterston has much in its favour if it goes down that route. If the geographical characteristics of that site were good for heavy industries in the past, then they’re good for modern, high-tech food production industries now.
It has fantastic deep-water access for marine vessels going in and out, along with good power supply and road and rail connectivity. The large amount of available land provides space for new developments, and added to its land and sea connections, this means this could be a great place for businesses looking for both these attributes.
Geographically it is well positioned for moving fish to and from sea sites further up the west coast.