Kilkeel Seafoods (which is part of the Whitby Seafood Group) receives fresh scampi tails from the landings in Kilkeel and other Irish ports, freezes the raw material and then uses this material to manufacture scampi to be breaded scampi for sale in the Irish and UK foodservice and retail market.

The Fisheries Local Action Group approved a project which would consolidate the two sites which existed within Kilkeel harbour, one located on the North Harbour with the other located on South Harbour. The business has a strong desire to continue the business at Kilkeel harbour but to ensure this can happen the business will urgently needed to relocate their full operations to more suitable premises within the harbour.

The Fisheries Local Action Group were delighted to approve the project for the enlarged processing facility would enables current and future expansion of seafood processing in Kilkeel, in particular the movement of scampi shelling facilities from elsewhere in the U.K. and Asia into Kilkeel, creating additional employment and strengthening investment for the long term.

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Ards and North Down Borough Council
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council