Seafood expert is new Loch Duart chair

Loch Duart marks 20 years of salmon farming this year

SCOTTISH salmon farmer Loch Duart has appointed a new chairman with a background in the seafood sector.

Alistair Erskine was the owner of the Edinburgh Salmon Company and has also managed J W Seafoods, Allen & Dey (seafood processors) and salmon farming company, Highland Fish Farmers.

He takes over from Dr Andrew Barbour, who has been chairman since 2008 having joined as a non-exec director in 2002.

Alban Denton, managing director of Loch Duart, said: ‘Loch Duart is very fortunate to be appointing Alistair Erskine, whose understanding of the Scottish and UK seafood markets and the global importance of this industry, runs side by side with our growing, international ambitions.

‘Alistair’s industry insight and commercial acumen is widely known. He has long been at the forefront of the seafood sector, having previously owned the Edinburgh Salmon Company, which he built into one of the largest salmon processors in the Scottish Highlands.’

Erskine said: ‘It’s an exciting time to be joining Loch Duart and I look forward to working with them as the business continues to grow and build on its reputation for extraordinary salmon which is loved around the world.

‘I have a passion for the seafood sector and look forward to bringing my experience of running businesses in salmon farming, salmon processing and smoking to support this amazing company and brand.’

Loch Duart, based in Sutherland and the Uists, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Denton praised the outgoing chairman, Dr Barbour, saying he had a ‘real passion’ for sustainable farming methods, on land and sea.

‘He guided the business through its most successful period of growth since we started farming and passes Loch Duart on in great form, with our 2019 farming performance well set and fish health at an all-time high.

‘Andrew’s knowledge supported the business and his genuine care for the Loch Duart team was evident. He was especially proud of our recent Silver Investor in People award.’