Over 100 jobs could be created as a result of a new €2m fish farming business which has started in Co Galway according to the state agency Udarás na Gaeltachta.

Bradán Beo Teo will produce organically farmed salmon in Kilkieran Bay in west Galway.

Six people are already employed by Bradán Beo which started operations near Leitir Mealláin in Connemara.

Bradán Beo Teo was established in conjunction with Údarás na Gaeltachta, Maoiniú Mara Teo and Michael Muhr to consolidate and revitalise the operation of sustainable salmon farming.

Employment and Enterprise Manager of Údarás na Gaeltachta Jim Keogh said that if the organic salmon farm reaches its full potential it could create up to 100 jobs for the area.

The development has been welcomed by Kilkieran Community Council, an area which has been hit hard by emigration.

The company has started to release some of the 300,000 salmon smolts that they intend to farm into cages in Kilkieran bay.