Scottish Sea Farms scoops double accolade from M&S in annual plan a awards – Fishfarmer Magazine

Scottish Sea Farms scoops double accolade from M&S in annual plan a awards05 July, 2010 –

Scottish Sea Farms Ltd (SSF), one of Scotland’s leading fish farming businesses and sole supplier of Lochmuir™ Salmon to Marks & Spencer was given double recognition  in M&S’ annual Plan A awards ceremony which took place at the Royal Highland Show last week (24 June 2010).

The Plan A Awards, now in the second year, were created to celebrate the important role suppliers play in working toward M&S commitments which include:  becoming carbon neutral, sending no waste to landfill, extending sustainable sourcing,  setting new standards in ethical trading and helping customers and employees live a healthier lifestyle.

David Duffy (31) newly appointed site manager at Dunstaffnage Farm near Oban picked up first prize in the Plan A ‘Future of Farming’ category. David joined Scottish Sea Farms 16 years ago on leaving school.

David, as acting manager, introduced a wide range of initiatives that support the ethos and development of Lochmuir™ Salmon. His focus on quality, innovation, leadership and the responsibility of managing a Lochmuir™ farm in an environmentally sustainable manner resulted in him being selected from M&S’ Scottish farming supply base as ‘best of the best’.

David said: “I am delighted to have received this award, the team at Dunstaffnage work very hard and are proud to produce Lochmuir™ Salmon for M&S. It’s been great to meet the fish team at the Highland show and know more about what happens to our salmon when they leave SSF.”

Scottish Sea Farms was given a further accolade at the awards as David Brown, Scottish Sea Farms biologist based in Scalloway; Shetland was awarded a special recognition prize in the M&S ‘Plan A in Action’ category.

David was presented with the prize because of his lead in an innovative project encompassing many Plan A initiatives.  Working with a local Shetland Community project, David has spear-headed an initiative where feed pipes from SSF farms in Shetland are recycled and used to build community poly tunnels allowing local communities to grow fruits and vegetables for their own consumption. This initiative not only reduces landfill but gives communities the ability to grow their own produce delivering a wide range of health, environmental and social benefits to the local communities.

Jim Gallagher Managing Director of SSF said: “Marks & Spencer expect the highest standards from its suppliers and it is very gratifying that an aquaculture company can be recognised alongside more main stream agriculture businesses, David and David represent a group of young and progressive people who are the future of this industry.”