Rare Earth Global, which is developing hemp seed as a sustainable protein source for Scottish salmon feeds, has received more than £260,000 (€301,285/$332,112) from the UK Seafood Innovation Fund (SIF) for a full-scale a research and development project that includes a two-month aquafeed assessment.

Mowi, the world's largest salmon producer, is supporting the formulation and production of the feed, while farmers in Angus and Aberdeenshire will grow the crops.

A feasibility study conducted last year began looking into how hemp seeds could be integrated into the diets of farmed salmon in Scotland.