Rhona Brankin to present new salmon farming award Published: 07 February, 2006
MORE information has been released about a new awards scheme recognising innovation and best practice in Scottish salmon farming, The contest has been launched by The Crown Estate and
six categories in the Scottish Salmon Farmer Awards will showcase an industry which Ian Pritchard from The Crown Estate said was producing a first-class product. “It is vitally important to Scotland and its rural communities, but does not always get the recognition it deserves,” he added.
The awards will be presented by Scottish Deputy Minister for the Environment and Rural Development, Rhona Brankin, at a ceremony and dinner, supported by EnviroCentre, at The Town House, Inverness, on Thursday 1st June.
They will reward salmon farm operators who employ the highest standards of salmon husbandry; demonstrate entrepreneurial initiative; support local communities, and farm with a high level of environmental awareness.
Open to all companies farming salmon in Scotland, and free to enter, the scheme is sponsored by Special Publications, publishers of the trade magazines Fish Farmer and the new FISHupdate magazine as well as the FISHupdate and Fish Farmer websites.
. The winners’ shortlist will be announced at the Aquaculture Today 2006 conference gala dinner in March.Fish Farmer magazine is organising this event.
Judges will be looking at a wide range of industry practices and initiatives, including environmental standards, use of medicines, net cleaning regimes, harvesting processes, and customer and community relations.
The judges are Carolyn Heeps (Chair), Head of Offshore and Environment at The Crown Estate; Philip Thorn, ex-Managing Director of Strathaird Salmon Limited and ex-Chair of the Scottish Salmon Growers Association; Dennis Overton, Managing Director of Aquascot; Peter Dryburgh, Director of North Atlantic Fisheries College, and Bob Kennedy, Senior Editor of Special Publications, publishers of Fish Update and Fish Farmer magazine and associated websites .
www.fishupdate.com is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish European Fish Trader, Fishing Monthly, Fish Farming Today, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.