An impressive range of companies and individuals from around the world have made the shortlists for the eight categories of the 2019 Aquaculture Awards, highlighting the range of talent involved in the global aquaculture sector.

Category winners will be announced at a special awards presentation dinner on 29 May, at Dynamic Earth, in Edinburgh. Book your place here.

Applied research breakthrough

  • Aqua BioTech Group – the Maltese firm has established a multi-species hatchery and smolt facility at Buckieburn, Scotland
  • Nutrition Research Group – optimising the use of omega-3 oils in salmon production, Institute of Aquaculture, Scotland
  • BioMar/Mowi/Scottish Sea Farms/the University of Stirling and SAIC – closing the cycle for captive ballan wrasse, Scotland
  • Troutlodge – the US firm has used genetics to combat losses caused by causes bacterial cold water disease (BCWD) in rainbow trout


  • Bioretur – converting fish waste to fertiliser, Norway
  • Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta – promoting community aquaculture projects in Nigeria
  • Ictyogroup – tilapia vaccine manufacturer, Ghana
  • Veramaris – algal oil producer, Netherlands

International impact

  • Hatch – aquaculture accelerator, Bergen
  • Nutrition Research Group – nutritional analysis with a global reach, Institute of Aquaculture, Scotland
  • Prarie AquaTech – Me-Pro soy-based, phosphorous-reducing feed ingredient, South Dakota
  • Veramaris – algal oil producer, Netherlands

People’s choice

  • Gorkha Ahedo – field team supervisor, InnovaSea Systems, Panama
  • Caitriona Carter, France-based author of The Politics of Aquaculture: Sustainability interdependence, territory and regulation in fish farming
  • Richard Darbyshire – Orkney area manager, Scottish Sea Farms
  • Yilin Li – quality control supervisor, INVE Aquaculture, Salt Lake City
  • Nathan Pyne-Carter – managing director, Ace Aquatec, Scotland

Most promising new entrant

  • Foover mort removal system – Underwater Contracting Limited
  • Kendal Hunter – farm manager, Mowi Scotland
  • Manolin – software analytics to help farmers optimize treatments and improve their fish health
  • Clara McGhee – farm technician, Mowi Scotland

Animal welfare

  • Ace Aquatech – Hell Raiser electric seal deterrent
  • Europharma – SuperSmolt FO
  • Marks & Spencer – the M&S Welfare Outcome Measure Programme
  • Seneye – smart water quality sensor

Technical innovation

  • Benchmark Animal Health – CleanTreat
  • Pentair – Pentair Vaki Smartflow System
  • Underwater Contracting Limited – Foover mort removal system
  • XpertSea – Growth Platform


  • Open Blue Sea Farms – offshore cobia producers, Panama
  • Scottish Sea Farms – one of Scotland’s leading salmon producers


Aquaculture Awards


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