3/1/2019 2:33:51 PM News

Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) appoints new board members

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Alison Hutchins, farming director at trout firm Dawnfresh Farming, who is based in Argyll, and Michael Tait, MD at Shetland Mussels, have joined the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre Board, bringing their combined  35 years of experience to the 10 member strong board. Other members come from industry, and academia, and include observers from the Scottish Funding Council and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.

Alison Hutchins has 17 years of experience in aquaculture including with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and The Scottish Salmon Company. She said: 'This is an exciting time to be involved in the aquaculture industry in Scotland. Over the years I have worked hard to attract funding, encourage innovation and ensure the kind of growth that the industry in this country is capable of.  Boosting diversity across all areas of Scottish aquaculture is one of the key areas of importance to me, and I look forward to contributing this further on the board of SAIC."

Michael Tait has chaired the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group for seven years and has built Shetland Mussels into the UK's second largest producer of mussels.  He said that he hoped he can help the SAIC to assist the industry in unlocking its full potential, especially in rural areas like Shetland. He added : 'I'm sure my SME and shellfish-sector experience will enhance the Board's exisiting knowledge and bring a fresh perspective to its thinking'.  

SAIC chairman David Gregory said: “Our aim is to bring the best individuals on board to support innovation projects and ultimately sustain and grow aquaculture in Scotland. Alison and Michael have broad skillsets and bring different backgrounds and experiences to the SAIC board, which will add hugely to its ongoing efforts. Aquaculture contributes an estimated £1.8 billion to the Scottish economy – it’s absolutely vital we have the skills and talent in place to grow that figure and maximise the industry’s potential.”

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