The awards, which will be presented at a gala dinner during the Aquaculture UK exhibition in Aviemore on 15 May, recognise individuals, businesses and projects making a notable impact on the international aquaculture industry - from pioneering management practices to farm level innovation, and from gold standard suppliers to trailblazing technology developers.
The 13 categories include prizes for rising star, unsung hero, farmer of the year, supplier of the year, best new startup and producer of the year. They also cover the best collaborations, most sustainable enterprises, innovations, community initiatives, and consistent champions of animal welfare.
The popular award for outstanding contribution is a chance for the sector to vote for the person they think has transformed the world of aquaculture, whether through long years of service, game-changing ideas, or as a leading communicator and industry ambassador. The winner will be chosen by the sector and announced on the night.
There will also be the judges’ special recognition award, selected by the judging panel from the awards entries, for the candidate or company demonstrating admirable commitment and a responsible approach to aquaculture.
Joining the team of judges this year is independent aquaculture auditor and consultant Malcolm Johnstone, a well-known and respected sector figure through his work over many years with RSPCA Assured.
Cheri Arvonio, event director, said: "The Aquaculture Awards bring everyone together for an evening of celebration and entertainment, while highlighting the sector’s most remarkable people.”
The awards, which are free to enter and open to the entire industry, are staged by Diversified Communications, organisers of Aquaculture UK, which is held biennially in Scotland.