Friday, March 13, 2015

13/03/2015: Neil Manchester appointed as Managing Director of Hendrix Genetics

First published in International Aquafeed, January-February 2015

Neil Manchester, General Manager of Landcatch, based in Argyll and Stirling, has been appointed as Managing Director of the newly-formed aquaculture business unit of Hendrix Genetics, the multi-species breeding company. 

He will be based at the Hendrix Genetics headquarters in Boxmeer, Netherlands, and will be in charge of Atlantic salmon, coho salmon and trout breeding operations, as well as cutting-edge genetics services, in Scotland, the US, Chile and the Isle of Man.
The move follows a landmark deal signed in October between Landcatch, which supplies Atlantic salmon eggs and smolts and genetics technology to the international aquaculture industry, and Seattle-based Troutlodge Inc, the world’s largest rainbow trout egg producer.

The deal included Landcatch taking a 45 percent shareholding in Troutlodge and the setting up of a new joint venture to establish an independent Atlantic salmon breeding programme, backed by genetics research, in Chile.

Neil Manchester said: “I am excited about taking up this important role in the newly-created aquaculture unit within Hendrix Genetics as we seek to develop existing operations and explore opportunities in new species and new market areas.

“The recent agreement brings together three world-leading companies with the goal of becoming one of the main global players in aquaculture breeding. Creating this unit is another step towards that goal. It represents an experienced and talented management team and we look forward to working together to ensure the success and on-going development of the aquaculture business unit.”

Neil Manchester has nearly 30 years’ experience in aquaculture, primarily in Scotland but also Chile, South Africa and the Mediterranean industries. Coming from an agricultural background, he achieved a BSc degree in Agricultural Technology at Harper Adams University in Shropshire, and started his aquaculture career in 1985 on a trout farm in Argyll.

He joined Landcatch in 1998 as an area manager, progressing to director level and then to general manager. He specialises in the breeding and production of juvenile Atlantic salmon for the domestic and export markets.

Read the magazine HERE.

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