The Aquaculture industry is projected to grow significantly over the next 10 years and at a greater rate than any other protein producer.

These Awards recognise the achievements in different elements of the sector and give due recognition to those making an exceptional contribution to the industry, now and in the future. They are open to everyone involved in the global aquaculture industry, no matter how large or small.

The awards go to those who:

  • Employ the highest standards of aquaculture husbandry
  • Farm with a high level of environmental awareness
  • Deliver a high-quality end product to local, national or international markets

Organised by the Aquaculture UK team and supported by a number of commercial partners the winners will be announced at special awards dinner being held in the spectacular Stratosphere space at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh on Wednesday 29 May 2019.

Join colleagues and celebrate your industry, book your place here.

Preceding the awards dinner The Fish Site will host a seminar addressing the prospects for the aquaculture sector following the UK’s possible departure from the EU. The event is taking place in the Biosphere Room, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh from 1-5pm and is free to attend, but spaces are limited. Further information can be found here.


Applied Research Breakthrough

Open to any research project involving collaboration between the industry and academic sectors. The winner will be the project that is most likely to have an impact on the industry and has already demonstrated some tangible measures of success.


Will be presented to the organisation that is able to demonstrate the consistency of its contribution to the environmental, ethical and economic sustainability of the industry. All entrants will need to highlight ways they are addressing each of the three E’s.

International Impact

An award set to promote companies and/or new initiatives with a truly international impact. Projects that promote cross-industry collaboration and/or make their results freely available for the greater good of the sector will be viewed particularly favourably.

People’s Choice

Individuals are invited to nominate a person from within the sector whose attitude and achievements in the last 12 months have been particularly inspirational. The public will be able to vote for anyone from the shortlist, which will be drawn up by the judging panel based on the best of the nominations received.

Most Promising New Entrant

Nominations sought for people, companies or products that have arrived on the aquaculture scene since January 2018.


Animal Welfare

Any initiative that has improved the welfare of the farmed animals and/or the wildlife they interact with since January 2018. Initiatives can cover a range of factors, including genetic, pharmaceutical and technological innovations, or improvements in husbandry and farm management protocols.

Technical Innovation

An award for the developer of novel hardware or software that has, or is projected to, improve the performance of any aquaculture sector.


The employer that has done the most to promote diversity in their workforce and/or the sector in general since January 2018.


As the world population continues to rise, and with landings from capture fisheries static, the increasing demand for food from our waters will have to be met by aquaculture. Our Aquaculture Awards recognise excellence vital to the continuing development of a sustainable worldwide aquaculture industry, including contributions in areas such as innovation, research, improvement of welfare standards, and aquaculture management, production and supply.

Nigel Balmforth

Aquaculture Product Development, 5m Publishing

Aquaculture Awards


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