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Industry Experts form SmartAqua Consultation Group


AUSTRALIA - Five aquaculture experts are joining forces to provide a SmartAqua service to the Australasian aquaculture industry.

SmartAqua will provide a "one stop-shop" service, covering a wide range of aquaculture disciplines.

The core team consists of Alastair Smart, Mark Asman, Alistair Brown, Scott Nolan and Tim Kildea. Together they cover skills in farming and aquaculture business management, nutrition, processing, value adding, food safety, harvesting, quality, environment, welfare, health and biosecurity.

The five team members, with combined experience of over 100 years, have lived and worked across the globe including Australia, Scotland, Canada, USA, Chile, Norway, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, and New Zealand.

“The concept has been a year in the making with all of us seeing a need for aquaculture advice coming from people with real hands-on industry experience, no one person can deliver the range of skills required so we joined forces,” said Mr Asman, whose previous roles include Chief Operations Officer for Tassal and General Manager for Marine Harvest Canada.

The group will operate globally with a focus on the fast growing Australasian industry.

Alastair Smart, whose expertise lie in technical risk management said: “We see a lot of growth in the industry but the skill and expertise is not always able to keep up to the level required for global best practice. We believe we can help organisations focus their efforts in areas that will add to their bottom line.”

With their combined skill set, this team will be able to assess and evaluate a company’s performance in a variety of areas, recommend a way forward, and participate in implementation. Other services include “smart” training, due diligence in mergers and acquisitions and technical advice to Boards.

SmartAqua, due to its larger network, has alliances with several other aquaculture service companies based in the northern hemisphere which will complement and expand the service they can offer.

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