Support for tall ships, Sandveien house reconstructions, map relief and more…


The SHETLAND salmon farming industry, including the trade body Salmon Scotland, have come together to become one of the main sponsors of next year’s Tall Ships Races, to be held in Lerwick from July 26-29, 2023.

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland, Scottish Sea Farms and Salmon Scotland have formed a consortium to become an Associate Host Port.

Financial support for the community event has not been disclosed but is described as “generous”.

Welcoming the support scheme, Chairman of Shetland Tall Ships Ltd, former Chairman of the Board Malcolm Bell said: “The local aquaculture industry is important to our local community and economy and their involvement in this important maritime event. is welcome.”

Salmon Scotland chief executive Tavish Scott added: “Previous Tall Ships events in Shetland have been a fantastic experience for all – we know 2023 will be even better.


THE COUNCIL has tabled plans to rebuild a number of houses in Sandveien to bring them up to modern standards.

The houses in question are numbers 136 to 143, which are located opposite the junction with Westerloch Drive.

It comes amid concerns from tenants about the condition of some of the council-owned homes.

The reconstructions will meet current standards in terms of access, maneuverability and equipment. Larger windows are also planned for houses.

The documents filed with the town planning department add: “The existing buildings are made of hollow blocks with dry plaster on the outside.

“For these rebuilt properties, the new houses will be timber framed. On the exterior, we offer a mix of coated blockwork to match existing fiber cement cladding panels and painted wood cladding to give a contemporary look to new homes.


NORTHERN ISLANDS MP Alistair Carmichael welcomed the removal of UK government adverts which missed Shetland and Orkney from the map.

The government said the footage – brought to attention again by Carmichael this week – came from a halted campaign that should have been pulled from airports.

“We’ve spoken to our colleagues at airports across the country to make sure it’s no longer in use,” he said.

Carmichael said in response: “The appearance of our islands in an advertisement may seem like a fairly minor matter to them in the grand scheme of things – but we have as much right to a place on the map as anywhere else in the UK. .

“If the government is trying to sell the UK to the world as a place to do business – something we can all support – then it helps to know exactly what the UK is.”


INSTALLATION of the 600 megawatt submarine cable between Shetland and Caithness is underway.

Work on the 260km cable began at Noss Head, north of Wick, on June 23.

Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission awarded the £214 million contract for the manufacture and installation of the HVDC cable to Danish specialist company NTK A/S in July 2020.

Scheduled to be completed in 2024, the cable will connect Shetland to the national grid for the first time and supply power from the Viking Energy wind farm and other renewable energy projects to customers on the UK mainland.


A crofters’ EVENT takes place at the Lerwick Hotel on Thursday (July 7) evening from 7pm.

The meeting will bring together representatives from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Scottish Crofting Federation.

Federation President Donald MacKinnon will answer questions and hear crofters’ views on the future of farm support, crofting law reform and any other issues that attendees wish to raise.

QMS Animal Health and Welfare Manager Eilidh Corr will present the case for health planning for crofters, with practical advice on how to get the most out of the process.

It will also be possible to ask questions about the quality assurance system of the quality management system.


YOUNG businesses and social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands looking to increase productivity, innovation and employment can apply for funding from the region’s development agency.

The third round of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Startup Capital Investment Grant (YBCIG) is now open to businesses with up to 250 full-time equivalent employees.

In a previous round of the YBCIG scheme, Shetland Oysters received £11,690.

The business is operated by Winston Brown and based on a family croft in Whiteness where oysters are farmed and processed.

The fund enabled the company to purchase equipment to help get product to market by harvesting, grading and packing all the oysters on site. Thanks to the project, a full-time staff member was recruited.

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