Aquaculture for all

New head for Crown role


Colin Palmer has been appointed to lead the development of aquaculture and offshore renewable energy for Crown Estate Scotland, the public body that manages the leasing of Scotland’s seabed.

Crown Estate Scotland manages virtually all of Scotland's seabed out to 12 nautical miles – covering all the country's shellfish growing sites, around 750 finfish farm leases and a programme of R&D to improve sustainability in aquaculture.

Colin Palmer

The estate’s remit also covers cables & pipelines for telecommunications and oil & gas, as well as the rights to renewable energy and gas storage out to 200 nautical miles. And the team are currently developing a new leasing round for offshore wind to allow more projects to be built late 2020s onwards.

Palmer, who is currently delivery director with Kite Power Systems, and has no aquaculture experience, said: “Scotland’s seas are hugely important to our economy and our environment so joining the organisation that manages seabed leasing, and a team that has real depth and breadth of expertise, is an incredibly exciting prospect.”

Crown Estate Scotland Chief Executive Simon Hodge said, “Research tells us that our tenants and partners really value the expertise of our people. As we develop our long-term approach to managing seabed, coastline and land for the benefit of businesses and communities across Scotland, Colin’s appointment further strengthens our ability to contribute to a ‘Blue Economy’ boom for Scotland.”

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