Scottish Sea Farms was recently named the ‘Best Aquaculture Company 2015’ at The Crown Estate Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards, held at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh.
This top award of the evening is based upon sustainable practice, business performance, investment, staff management practices and local community involvement.
The judges looked at all of these areas and judged how success in these factors was used to profit and develop the company. Scottish Sea Farms was shortlisted for six awards in total and also won the Stewardship Award in a joint entry with Marine Harvest.
Jim Gallagher, Managing Director, Scottish Sea Farms, said: “This accolade means a great deal to Scottish Sea Farms and the teams of hard working people we employ across Scotland. It is our employees who work extremely hard, in often challenging conditions, that have made this award possible.
“Our investment in the business continues with new equipment being commissioned and supplied by other Scottish businesses. We play a real part in community involvement with £500,000 being distributed to date through our Heart of the Community Trust. “Our commitment to sustainability is ongoing and this was also recognised at the awards with the Stewardship Award for the collaborative research work we are doing with wrasse.
“Most importantly, this main award recognised our staff management, our training and development of our young people and the commitment to developing our quality standards across all areas of fish farming.”
The Awards ceremony, hosted by comedian Jo Caulfield, included a keynote address by Aileen McLeod MSP, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.
Photocaption: Scottish Sea Farms Managing Director Jim Gallagher (centre) is presented with the Best Aquaculture Award 2015 by Jo Caulfield, host of the event, and Gareth Baird, Scottish Commissioner for the Crown Estate