Tuesday, March 27, 2018

27/03/2018: Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards 2018

Shortlist announced for Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards 2018 Thirty-eight companies, individuals and initiatives have made the shortlist for the 2018 Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards

The awards, run for the first time by Aquaculture UK, are now officially closed. The organisers have been overwhelmed by both the number of entries and standard of the submissions received.

The awards are a unique opportunity to recognise individuals, companies or organisations that have made the most significant contribution to the UK’s aquaculture industry since 2015. A range of companies – from start-ups to established names – and their representatives have made the final shortlist, with nominees chosen on the basis of their high standards of innovation, responsibility in their approach to business and their environmental sustainability.

The culmination being a spectacular awards presentation and dinner, hosted by Dougie Vipond, on Wednesday 23 May 2018, during the Aquaculture UK 2018 exhibition in Aviemore.

Ten award categories recognising the breadth of innovation and good practice from across the sector will be contested at an awards dinner during the Aquaculture UK exhibition on May 23.

These include awards for innovation, business development, stewardship and sustainability, and an inaugural set of awards recognising the contributions made by the shellfish sector and the industry’s rising stars.

Entries were encouraged from individuals, companies and other organisations involved in the UK aquaculture industry, no matter how large or small, who:
• Employ the highest standards of aquaculture husbandry
• Supply aquaculture products to local, national and international markets
• Farm with a high level of environmental awareness and deliver a high-quality product

The Best Aquaculture Company Award will be announced on the night and the industry can vote online for the People’s Choice award from the list of nominees, HERE.

The winner of this award will also be announced at the awards presentation.

Susan Tinch, Event Manager, Aquaculture UK, said, “This shortlist reflects the spirit of enterprise and the commitment to excellence that characterises the UK aquaculture sector. We would like to thank all those who entered and congratulate those who have made the shortlist. The quality of the entries across all the categories this year was exceptional and the judges took over a day to deliberate, before selecting the final nominees. The Scottish Aquaculture Marine Awards have established themselves as a key date in the industry’s calendar and Aquaculture UK is delighted to provide a platform highlighting all the excellent work taking place. We are all looking forward to a fantastic night on May 23.”

The awards are sponsored by The Crown Estate, MSD Animal Health, AFEX, Hendrix Genetics, Skretting, Acoura, EWOS, Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, Elanco and Benchmark.

For more information on the awards including categories, visit the Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards website, HERE.

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