Mowi Scotland’s high profile farming operations director, Gideon Pringle, is to leave the company, it was confirmed tonight. The search is now on for his replacement at Scotland’s biggest salmon farming company.
Pringle, who returned to Mowi in 2016 after five years as farming director of trout farmer Dawnfresh, is credited with turning around the salmon producer’s sea lice challenges.
Earlier this year, he told a Fisheries Management Scotland conference in Edinburgh that Mowi had ‘full control’ of sea lice on its farms, and that a change of strategy, a new team and new methods had reduced parasite levels to record lows on Scotland’s west coast.
But the seasoned farmer warned against complacency. Mowi has recently experienced high levels of mortality – of 76 per cent against targets of 90 per cent – at some of its farms, which it blamed on warmer sea temperatures.