The smolts were reared in Loch Lochy and brought to Mallaig in large containers on four trucks. From Mallaig they made the four-hour journey round the Point of Ardnamurchan and up Loch Sunart to Camas Glas.
The Solundoy is Irish registered, but the crew come from as far afield as Poland. Adam, the crewman who was controlling the pumping, had for twelve years been the skipper of a trawler off Poland catching cod and herring, but had transferred to the Scottish well boats five years ago, where he does four weeks on and four weeks off.
The Solundoy returned to Mallaig as soon as the last fish were offloaded. She was due back yesterday with another load. By the time the transfer process is complete, Rosie, Calum and their team will have some 975,000 fish in their care.
It was an impressive operation, as is the whole set-up at Camas Glas, about which more in the next few days. The Diary hopes to be allowed to report the full one-and-a-half year cycle of this particular group of salmon. For readers that are interested, an open day is being held at the site on 18th May.
Many thanks to Marine Harvest for allowing the Diary to visit Camas Glas,
and to Rosie and Calum for showing me round.