A new plan to convert part of Leith Docks into Europe’s largest commercial salmon farm could net hundreds of new jobs for Leith.
The proposals, mooted by a Dutch firm specialising in urban regeneration, could see thousands of tons of “Leith brand Salmon” exported all over the world.
The gigantic fish farm would be located in the listed Edinburgh Dock, which is currently almost entirely unused.
A spokesperson for Eerste van de Vierde UK (EvdV), the firm behind the plans, said: “Scotland is famous for its Salmon, and the industry is going from strength to strength.
“Leith is in a perfect place to farm Scottish salmon, as it has the marine infrastructure, a rail line for rapid distribution to markets, a huge pool of workers and of course an incredible heritage.”
Local birders are already getting hot under the gills about the proposals though, claiming that the proposals could impact on the protected tern colony in the docks.
When challenged, the Dutch investors bluntly admitted that they’d deal with any terns tempted to steal the produce by shooting them.
Despite the uncompromising attitude towards local wildlife, the firm hopes that tourists will have a whale of a time visiting a special “observation plaice” where visitors will be able to learn more about the fish farming industry and local marine life, such as the recently discovered hybrid trout, a species thought to be unique to the Water of Leith.
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EvdV’s Scotland and NE of England Director, Roger Hill joked: “We don’t want Leith tourists to flounder about, trawling through pamphlets and uncertain about whether a Leith museum will open or not.
“Instead, we want to give cruise liner passengers some memories they’ll never forget at a visitor attraction that builds on the tremendous maritime heritage of Leith.
“We’re confident that when people see the details of our plans, they’ll fall in love with our vision, hook, line and sinker.”
No-one from Forth Ports was available for comment.