Aquaculture UK 2018 and the Winners are...... !
Twelve awards, across a range of categories, were delivered at the event, which was compered by Dougie Vipond and attracted representatives and the finfish and shellfish sectors from across the UK and further afield.
Best shellfish and finfish farm managers, which were won by Robert Lamont of Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery Company and Sarah Last of Scottish Sea Farms respectively.
Aquaculture Supplier of the Year was won by the Mull-based family business Inverlussa Marine, while the Business Development Award was scooped by Akva Group Scotland, who have grown and diversified their range of offerings over the last two years.
The Community Initiative Award was won by Marine Harvest, the first of three prizes scooped by Scotland’s largest salmon producer, for establishing a new farm and creating much-needed jobs on Rum, an island with only 28 people.
The new awards – the Rising Star – which was open to emerging talents under 35 years of age. Breaking from tradition in the event, the award was jointly presented to Lynne Frame, hatchery specialist at Scottish Sea Farms and Scott MacKay, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise at AKVA Group Scotland.
Rounding off proceedings was the People’s Choice Award, which – after over 1000 votes – was presented to Stuart Cannon of Kames Fish Farming, a popular figure, whose been in the sector since 1972. He was also nominated for the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award, but amidst a strong field was pipped to the post by Stewart Graham, MD Of Gael Force Group, who was instrumental in launching the industry’s 2030 vision – an initiative that aims to double the value of the Scottish aquaculture industry in the next 12 years.
The Grand Finale
Best Aquaculture Company of the Year, which was presented to Ben Hadfield, MD of Marine Harvest, following two dynamic years at the helm of the company.
Susan Tinch, event manager of Aquaculture UK. “It’s been a sell-out and the atmosphere was electric. We look forward to delivering an equally exciting ceremony in the near future as a tribute to how the industry has evolved.”
“We were very happy about the unprecedented industry engagement with the awards and by the incredible standard of the applications and nominations,” added Matt Colvan, Sales and Marketing Director of 5m Publishing. “It was a fitting celebration for a sector that is going from strength to strength.”