Scottish Salmon Company wins farm manager of the year award –

Scottish Salmon Company wins farm manager of the year award Published:  14 June, 2013

Alasdair MacDonald from The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has been named Farm Manager of the Year at the Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards, sponsored by the Crown Estate.

The judging panel presented the SSC employee with the award at a ceremony in Edinburgh on June 13th.

The 35 year old who lives in Loch Carron has worked for eleven years in the company’s freshwater department. The award recognises Alasdair’s work at the company’s Russel Burn and Tulloch Hatcheries in Wester Ross.

Alasdair looks after over 50% of the company’s in house smolt production equating to 3.2 million smolt per production cycle. Last year, the hatcheries experienced the most severe drought since 1989 and yet Alasdair’s sites reported exceptional fish health.

Chief Executive Officer at the Scottish Salmon Company, Stewart McLelland, said: “I am delighted Alasdair’s achievements have been recognised with this award.  

“He has been key in maintaining consistent production and quality smolt and is well respected by all his colleagues.

“Our teams across our farming and production sites are the core of our business and integral to our success and I am pleased the industry has recognised our skills in such a way.”

The Scottish Salmon Company was also shortlisted for the Community Initiative Award, the Stewardship Award, and SSC’s key supplier, AKVA group Scotland Ltd, was nominated for the Aquaculture Supplier of the Year Award.

The Crown Estate’s Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards recognise the achievements and success of an industry that is vitally important to Scotland’s coastal communities.

Speaking at the award ceremony, The Crown Estate’s Scottish Commissioner Gareth Baird said:

“Many congratulations to Alasdair MacDonald at the Scottish Salmon Company. We wish all 2013 winners and the runners up the very best with their business going forward. The winning entries displayed an exceptional level of innovation and responsibility in their approach to business and to environmental sustainability.


“Such excellence and high standards will help ensure the continuing success of an industry that is critically important to Scotland’s coastal communities and local economies. With a record number of entries this year, The Crown Estate is proud to provide a platform to highlight the sterling work within the industry. ”

The Scottish Salmon Company is a principal player in the Scottish aquaculture industry responsible for approximately 20% of Scottish salmon production. It operates from 59 sites and employs around 356 people mainly on the West Coast of Scotland, Western Isles and Highlands.

Scottish-based and operated, the company is committed to building a sustainable business within Scotland’s rural communities.