Norwegian government names new seafood minister

Norway has a new Minister of Fisheries and Oceans – just six months after the appointment of Cecilie Myrseth in the role. Myrseth moves up to Trade and Industry as part of a number of new senior appointments which the Labour-Centre Party coalition government hopes will help restore its popularity. She only took on the…

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Global Seafood Alliance appoints CEO

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The Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) has named Mike Kocsis as its new Chief Executive Officer, after a year-long search. He succeeds Wally Stevens, the former CEO who returned to head the organisation on an interim basis in March last year when the then Chief Executive, Brian Perkins, left the organisation abruptly. The GSA is a…

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Former Mowi CEO set to join Bakkafrost board

Former Mowi CEO Alf-Helge Aarskog looks set to join the board of Faroes salmon producer Bakkafrost. The notice for Bakkafrost’s annual general meeting, which is due to take place on 30 April, includes his name on the list of directors submitted for election. Apart from Aarskog, all the others are existing board members up for…

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Aquaculture trainees are ALBAS winners

Trainees from Scottish Sea Farms and Cooke Aquaculture were among the winners at the ALBAS (Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills) on Thursday night. Craig Grounds (pictured above, with Jill Couto-Phoenix), from Oban in Argyll and Bute, won Aquaculture Learner of the Year. He completed his Modern Apprenticeship in Aquaculture at UHI Shetland while working…

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Fish farm trainees shortlisted for Lantra awards

Trainees from three aquaculture companies have been short-listed for Lantra Scotland’s Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills, known as the ALBAS. Scottish Sea Farms, Cooke Aquaculture and Bakkafrost will all be represented at the awards event, which will take place at the Crieff Hydro on Thursday 7 March 2024. Hamish MacLean (pictured, above) from Tobermory…

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CEO for new Agri-Tech Centres announced

The three UK “Agri-Tech Centres” set to merge this April have announced the appointment of Phil Bicknell as CEO of the combined organisation. The Agri-Tech Centres are government-supported bodies set up with the aim of fostering innovation in agriculture and, since 2022, aquaculture. The three are Agri-EPI (Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre), CHAP (Crop Health…

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Ace Aquatec hires new sales chief

Dundee-based aquaculture technology company Ace Aquatec has appointed Ben Perry as Head of Sales.   He has worked across freshwater and marine finfish production, animal health and genetics for over 15 years. Perry (pictured, with Ace Aquatec’s A-Biomass camera) comes to Ace Aquatec from Benchmark Holdings Ltd, where he held the role of Sales and…

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Moen Marin names its new chief

Moen Marin, one of the world’s largest supplier of wellboats to the aquaculture industry, has a new chief. He is Bernt Lilliestråle (pictured) who takes over as CEO on 1 March. The company said that with an impressive background and extensive experience in the maritime sector, Lilliestråle brings “a unique combination of technical expertise and…

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Kontali names Kjerstad as next CEO

Seafood markets consultancy Kontali has appointed Kjetil Angell Kjerstad as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, starting from 1 April. Kjerstad is currently Head of Business Development and Strategy at telecoms business Telia Norway. He was formerly Head of Google Ads in Norway and his career also includes roles with Microsoft Norway and Telenor. Kontali provides…

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Benchmark promotes Tziouvas to new UK role

Aquaculture biotech group Benchmark has promoted Harry Tziouvas – formerly Global Sales and Technical Manager for salmon – to the role of Commercial Lead UK and Global Land-Based. Tziouvas has been with Benchmark since June 2022 and was formerly Senior Biologist (North) with the Scottish Salmon Company (which now trades as Bakkafrost Scotland). Joining Tziouvas…

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