Prize line-up goes global

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THE shortlist for the 2019 Aquaculture Awards has been announced, with a strong focus on international high fliers.
Taking place in Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, on May 29, the awards have eight, mostly new, categories this year and highlight the range of talent involved in the global aquaculture sector.
Event organiser Susan Tinch said: ‘We were pleased to gather a diverse panel of judges, featuring Alex Adrian, aquaculture operations manager of Crown Estate Scotland; Martin Gill, head of aquaculture and fisheries at Lloyds Register; Nicki Holmyard, director of Offshore Shellfish; Professor Dave Little, head of research at Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture; Ruth Layton, co-founder of and sustainability director at Benchmark Holdings; and the Fish Site’s Rob Fletcher.’
The judges met in Edinburgh on March 29 to draw up the shortlist.
‘It was an interesting day, with no shortage of debate over the relative merits of the 67 entries and nominations,’ said Tinch.
‘But the six judges managed to whittle down the contenders for each category to make the shortlists. And we look forward to announcing the winners on May 29.
‘We’d like to thank the judges and all those who entered these hotly contested awards.’
The shortlists for each of the categories are:
Applied research breakthrough – Sponsored by Lloyd’s Register
• 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 bacterial cold water disease (BCWD) in rainbow trout
Sustainability – Sponsored by Cargill
• Bioretur – converting fish waste to biogas and fertiliser, Norway
• Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta – providing training to boost catfish farming productivity in Nigeria
• Ictyogroup – developing effective Streptococcus vaccines in Ghana
• Veramaris – algal oil producer, Netherlands
International impact – Sponsored by BioMar
• 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 Derbyshire – Orkney regional production 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 – Sponsored by Primer Design
• Foover mort removal system – Underwater Contracting Limited
• Kendal Hunter – farm manager, Mowi Scotland
• Manolin – software analytics to help farmers optimise treatments and improve their fish health
• Clara McGhee – farm technician, Mowi Scotland
Animal welfare – Sponsored by Benchmark
• Ace Aquatec – Hell Raiser electric seal deterrent
• Europharma – SuperSmolt FO
• Marks & Spencer – the M&S Welfare Outcome Measure Programme
• Seneye – smart water quality sensor
Technical innovation – Sponsored by MOWI
• Benchmark Animal Health – CleanTreat, purification of water used in bath treatments
• Pentair – Pentair Vaki Smartflow System
• Underwater Contracting Limited – Foover mort removal system
• XpertSea – the Canadian firm’s Growth Platform
Diversity – Sponsored by Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre
• Open Blue Sea Farms – offshore cobia producers, Panama
• Scottish Sea Farms – one of Scotland’s leading salmon producers
‘We look forward to welcoming all those shortlisted, and the wider aquaculture community, to the awards dinner, tables for which are being booked up quickly,’ said Tinch.
*The winner of the people’s choice category is to be decided by an open vote. Any individual involved in the aquaculture sector can vote for one of the five candidates who have been nominated. Details of how to vote will be released shortly.
The awards’ dinner is taking place at Dynamic Earth, in Edinburgh, on 29 May at 7.30pm. The event follows on from the Fish Site’s/5m Publishing’s seminar on the international outlook for UK aquaculture.
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Picture: Dynamic Earth, the awards venue


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