Gael Force chief joins Salmon Scotland board

Stewart Graham, Managing Director of aquaculture supplier Gael Force has joined the board of industry body Salmon Scotland.

He was unanimously elected to the board at Salmon Scotland’s AGM in Edinburgh today.

Graham, founder of the Inverness-based Gael Force Group, brings 40 years of experience in the aquaculture and marine sectors and is a well-respected figure in Scotland and internationally.

Over those four decades, he has led Gael Force on a growth journey as a prominent supplier and manufacturer of robust aquaculture equipment, technology, and services.

He is also credited with leading the initiative in 2016 to formalise a Vision for Aquaculture to 2030, supported by the Scottish Government, and which led to the creation of an industry leadership group to drive progress in the sector.

He joins Hendrix Genetics’ Jarl van den Berg and Inverlussa’s Ben Wilson, who were appointed to the Salmon Scotland board in 2022, and the heads of the major Scottish salmon producers on the board of Salmon Scotland.

Atholl Duncan, chair of Salmon Scotland, said: “Our farming companies couldn’t do what they do without the support of experienced supply chain companies like Gael Force, so I’m particularly pleased that Stewart will bring his knowledge, experience and perspective from establishing and running one of the leading supply chain companies in the Scottish aquaculture sector…this time last year we opened up membership to salmon egg producers, support vessel owners, net manufacturers and technology and innovation companies, right through to secondary processors and hauliers.

“We’ve been blown away by the response from our new members and one year on we can say that we represent every part of the supply chain in every part of Scotland.”

Last year the industry body changed its name from the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation, and extended its remit to include representation from supply chain businesses in the salmon sector as well as the farmers themselves. Salmon Scotland now has 50 members.



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