Marine Harvest Scotland has been crowned the country’s best aquaculture company, in an awards ceremony held in Edinburgh on June 13.
The top prize of the evening made it a hat-trick for Scotland’s biggest salmon farming company who had earlier won the Community Initiative and Business Development Awards, as part of the Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards.
Marine Harvest’s Community Initiative Award was in recognition of the company’s contribution to the development of broadband for small remote communities on the Knoydart peninsula, the Small Isles, Arnisdale and Corran.
Meanwhile the Business Development Award was said to acknowledge Marine Harvest’s expansion into the Chinese market, which the company believes was thanks to careful preparation and thorough research into the market potential.
“This is proving to be a terrific year for the whole team at Marine Harvest Scotland,” said managing director Alan Sutherland.
“Last week we welcomed the first minister to open our new smolt hatchery at Lochailort – a facility described as the most advanced in the world. This week we are celebrating winning not just one, but a trio of prizes in these prestigious awards. It doesn’t get any better than this.”
Alasdair MacDonald, from The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC), was also named Farm Manager of the Year at the Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards.
MacDonald was recognised for his work at the company’s Russel Burn and Tulloch Hatcheries in Wester Ross, where he looks after over 50% of the company’s in-house smolt production equating to 3.2 million smolt per production cycle.
Last year, the hatcheries experienced the most severe drought since 1989 and yet McDonald’s sites reported exceptional fish health, the company said.
“I am delighted Alasdair’s achievements have been recognised with this award,” SSC CEO Stewart McLelland said.
“He has been key in maintaining consistent production and quality smolt and is well respected by all his colleagues. Our teams across our farming and production sites are the core of our business and integral to our success and I am pleased the industry has recognised our skills in such a way.”
Stephen Cameron, managing director of the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group, was handed the Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award.
The Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards, held every two years, are managed by The Crown Estate, which manages the property of the Crown.