Aqua Awards Shortlist Announced

The awards ceremony in Aviemore in 2018

The shortlist has now been announced for the 2020 Aquaculture Awards, which were originally due to take place at next month\’s Aquaculture UK event in Aviemore. The awards are now due to be presented at the re-arranged awards dinner in September.

There is the usual selection of rising stars and well known names in the mix, as the industry pays tribute to those who have achieved excellence during the past 12 months. The awards brought together 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 Ltd; Professor Dave Little, head of research at Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture; Ingrid Olesen, senior scientist at Nofima; and The Fish Site’s Rob Fletcher.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the judges were unable to meet up in person, but over the course of three conference calls organisers were able to debate the relative merits of all of the entries and nominations, and the six judges managed to whittle down the contenders for each category to make the shortlists.

\’The Aquaculture Awards are a fantastic way to recognise the achievements of those stand-out individuals who are making an exceptional contribution to the industry. Once again, the quality of this year’s awards entries has been outstanding. Congratulations and good luck to each of our shortlisted finalists,\’ says event director Cheri Arvonio.

Categories include the finfish and shellfish farmer of the year, outstanding contribution to the industry and an award for making a positive environmental impact.

Always eagerly awaited is the Rising Star award and this years nominees are Funke Olatunde from Imoran Farms in Nigeria, Rosie Dreghorn from EWOS/Cargill, Zoe Fletcher from AquaBio Tech Group and Ivana Russo from Biotech.

We will have a full list of all the nominees, including some of the stories behind the nominations, in the May issue of Fish Farmer Magazine.

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