Wester Ross Fisheries, founded in 1977, is the oldest independent owner-operated salmon farm in Scotland. It supplies us with RSPCA Assured Salmon, ensuring the very best welfare standards and therefore a fabulous product!
We were delighted to have the opportunity to chat to Matt Zietz, Fish Health & Compliance Manager for Wester Ross. Read on to find out what makes their salmon so delicious and who he’d like to share a seafood supper with.
For more tasty salmon recipes, including the new Hot Smoked Salmon Chowder recipe from Wester Ross, please visit our website www.ramus.co.uk/recipes/.
What makes Wester Ross Salmon so delicious?
We are very hands on here at Wester Ross with pretty much every farm activity done manually. From feeding the fish, to net changing, healthcare and observation is all done by people out on the pens every day come rain or shine. We use about 5 times the number of staff per ton of fish produced compared to the rest of the salmon farming industry which means the level of detail we place upon the care of our fish is second to none. We think this dedication shines through in the end-product.
What is your favourite way to eat salmon?
I am a bit of a traditionalist, a simple fillet well-seasoned with salt and pepper and pan fried can’t be beaten although I am rather partial to some whiskey infused cold smoked salmon!
Who would you most like to sit down and enjoy a seafood meal with?
I can’t say I am much of a cook, so I will have to choose the seafood chef Rick Stein on the condition he cooks the meal and provides some tips!
What other fish/seafood do you enjoy?
I live on the remote West Coast Highlands of Scotland where we are rather spoilt for good seafood. A local delicacy referred to as ‘spineys’, in fact a species of small lobster, are a delicious treat if you can persuade a local fisherman to catch some for you. I have recently bought a little boat and I am looking forward to many a lazy summer evening fishing for mackerel with a BBQ at the ready.
How do you see the future for Wester Ross Salmon?
I think the future is bright if we can continue to produce such great quality fish. We have had excellent fish health over the past few years due in part to the success of our ‘cleaner fish’ program. We locally catch small cleaner fish called wrasse which are placed in the salmon pens where they eat sea lice, keeping the salmon in tip top condition. This means we don’t have to treat our fish with medicines or antibiotics and the handling stress associated with treatments is eliminated. A healthy salmon is a great tasting fish! We have also recently purchased a new farm which will allow us to continue to grow in a sustainable manner, replicating our current success and creating new jobs in the local community for many years to come.