Leading Scottish aquaculture figure nominated for top award – Fishupdate.com

Leading Scottish aquaculture figure nominated for top award Published:  20 February, 2007

Douglas McLeod

A TOP Scottish aquaculture figure has been short-listed for the prestigious 2007 Aquaculture Today – Fit for the Future Awards, which will be announced in Edinburgh, in April.

Douglas McLeod, chairman of the Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers has been recognised for his continuous contribution to the aquaculture industry.

Douglas operates small-scale oyster cultivation in Scotland and has been the chairman of the national representative trade association, the Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers for more than 15 years. He is also a board member of AquaTT, the pan-European vocational training organisation for the aquaculture industry, and was the past president of the European Mollusc Producers Association. Internationally, he is a member of the Advisory Committee for the International Conference on Molluscan Shellfish Safety and a voting member on the Toxin Task Force of the AOAC.

Working tirelessly, Douglas spends most of his time representing the interests of the shellfish cultivation industry and participates in national and international conferences.

He states: “I’m very pleased to be nominated for the ‘Contribution to Aquaculture’ award, although after over 20 years in the industry, there are those who would say that the best contribution I could make to aquaculture would be to retire!

“Its always a pleasure to be involved with international meetings of the sector, a dynamic and fast expanding planet-wide industry, covering a wide diversity of expertise, from biology to engineering to marketing and economics. And I’m sure that Aquaculture Today 2007 will reflect this diversity as well as providing opportunities for industry participants to develop networks and enjoy stimulating presentations on a variety of subjects.”

The awards cover four categories: Finfish (supported by Landcatch Natural Selection); Shellfish (supported by The Sea Fish Industry Authority); Innovation (supported by FISHupdate) and Contribution to Aquaculture (supported by Fish Farmer).

Commenting, Aquaculture Today chairman Bob Kennedy said: “The response to our awards has been tremendous and is a graphic illustration of both the diversity and increasing maturity of the aquaculture sector. The nominees are an impressive representation of an industry that is going places.”

The winners will be announced at a special gala industry awards dinner at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa on April 18. At this special event, the Crown Estate will also announce its annual salmon fish farming awards shortlist. Aquaculture Today 2007 runs from April 17-19 and is the UK’s leading aquaculture conference.

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