The judging panel for the 2018 Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards has been has been selected for its breadth of knowledge of the varied aspects of the UK aquaculture industry and includes well-known figures chosen to provide insights from both industrial and academic perspectives. Although largely based in Scotland, many of the panel members bring valuable international experience to bear, which is essential for putting the achievements of the British aquaculture industry into a wider context.
This year’s judges consist of
Alex Adrian, Aquaculture Operations Manager, Crown Estate Scotland
Martin Gill, MD of Acoura
Jim Treasurer, Research Director at FAI Ardtoe
Rob Fletcher, Senior Editor of The Fish Site and Sustainable Aquaculture Magazine
Professor Neil Hazon, Director of the Sustainable Aquaculture Course at the University of St Andrews
Nicki Holmyard, Director of Offshore Shellfish Ltd
Dr Sunil Kadri of Alimentos Ventures
Susan Tinch, Event Manger, Aquaculture UK
Aquaculture Operations Manager, Crown Estate Scotland
Aquaculture Operations Manager for Crown Estate Scotland, responsible for the organisation’s finfish, shellfish and seaweed cultivation business activities. He participates in various industry and government forums, both here in Scotland and more widely around the UK, and has been involved in aquaculture development across all of the UK jurisdictions. Prior to joining The Crown Estate 10 years ago, Alex worked in the Scottish salmon farming industry for 19 years, chiefly in fish health, technical, site development and representational roles.
Research Director at FAI Ardtoe
Dr Jim Treasurer of FAI Aquaculture: My interest in developing sustainable aquaculture involved working on fish health and vaccine trials at Marine Harvest, and also on the introduction of cleaner fish, IPM methods including fallowing for the control of sea lice. Jim was appointed Aquaculture Research Manager for Seafish at Ardtoe in 2002, and then Research Director with Viking Fish Farms and recently FAI Aquaculture Ardtoe. Jim worked there on the diversification of aquaculture, namely finfish production of species such as halibut, cod, haddock, Dover sole, whiting and pollack, and latterly the rearing of cleaner fish such as wrasse and lumpfish. I was involved in sustainable aquaculture projects including seaweed and shellfish culture, development of alternative fish diets for cod, haddock and sea bass, and integrated aquaculture systems management, and also various EU projects such as the Northern Periphery NORTHCOD and ECOFISH projects, and EU Aquafarm control and SmartFish tracking systems. My varied scientific publications and magazine articles are on British freshwater fishes, fish reproduction, finfish larval biology and juvenile rearing, on-growing, and fish health.
MD of Acoura
Martin has spent the majority of his career associated with the seafood sector, since June 2002 he has been Managing Director of what is now Acoura Marine Ltd, and in December 2016 the company has become part of the Lloyds Register Group.
Acoura, based in Edinburgh, is a specialist provider of certification and risk management services exclusively to the food sector, with Acoura Marine having providing its services to the Scottish salmon, trout and bivalve farming sector and associated supply chain for over 25 years. It also aquaculture and commercial fisheries clients across 40 countries worldwide.
Martin joined Acoura Marine from a five year period working for FAO EASTFISH, a Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations project providing a seafood marketing and investment service for Central and Eastern Europe based in Copenhagen. (This project is now known as the Eurofish Organisation).
A graduate in Marine Biology from University College, Swansea in the UK, he was also a former Editor of World Fishing magazine between 1992-1997 and founding editor between 1997-2002 of Eurofish Magazine.
Sunil first got involved in the Scottish salmon industry a week after finishing his degree exams in NZ in 1986 when he came across and worked at Otter Ferry and then at the McConnell Salmon-owned Kinlochmoidart Hatchery (now known as Sunbeam). This experience impressed upon him the challenges involved in farming salmon and set him on a path of commercialising innovation to meet those challenges. He did post graduate degrees at Stirling and Glasgow Universities, followed by commercialisation of a demand feeding system for salmon cages: the AQ1 from Aquasmart, which was part of the merger that led to the rise AKVA Group, of which Sunil was a founding shareholder. Since that time, he had been involved in commercialising biotech (SuperSmolt), and leading Europharma’s Scottish operations for some years until 2014, when he left Scotland for Australia, where he worked with Ridley, the feed company. He has recently returned to Scotland as a founding partner in the first aquaculture-focussed business accelerator, Hatch Blue, a JV with the German VC firm, Alimentos Ventures.
Director of Offshore Shellfish Ltd
Nicki Holmyard lives and breathes the seafood industry. She is heavily involved in her family company, Offshore Shellfish Ltd, which is developing Europe’s largest rope-grown mussel farm off the coast of Devon, UK. In addition, she runs a thriving seafood consultancy, working for some of the world’s foremost fishing, feed and aquaculture concerns, governments and international agencies.
Nicki has also written about seafood for the past 30 years, travelling the globe to research articles, interviews and news stories on all aspects of fishing, feed, aquaculture and processing. She currently writes for international journals and newspapers, and has contributed to several books on sustainable seafood sourcing.
Senior Editor of The Fish Site and Sustainable Aquaculture Magazine
Rob Fletcher has been Senior Editor of The Fish Site and Sustainable Aquaculture Magazine since March 2017. He previously edited Fish Farming Expert and Fish Farmer and is currently halfway through a MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture with the University of St Andrews. Raised on a livestock farm in Stirlingshire, his interest in aquaculture was piqued by a work experience placement with Kames, in Argyll, back in 1996.
Course Director for the University of St Andrews
Dr Neil Hazon is a Reader in Marine Physiology at the Scottish Oceans Institute, University of St Andrews. He is the Course Director for the University of St Andrews online, distance learning Sustainable Aquaculture training programme. His research interests include the physiological and molecular mechanisms controlling smolt development in salmonids, the stress response in teleost fish and the use of recirculation systems for aquaculture.