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Sea Farms hires dynamic duo

2 December 2019, at 4:06pm

Scottish Sea Farms has hired two senior figures in the Scottish salmon farming sector as it seeks to restructure its production model.

Innes Weir, a former farm manager with the company who went on to several international roles including, most recently, UK general manager for Steinsvik, will assume the position of regional manager for Scottish mainland, commencing today.

Scottish Sea Farms' site off Lismore
Scottish Sea Farms' site off Lismore

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Following on from this, Dr Gideon Pringle, currently director of farming at Mowi Scotland, will take up the same role for Scottish Sea Farms in April 2020, bringing with him a PhD in salmon genetics and over 20 years’ practical experience amassed across both freshwater and marine farming.

The news follows the announcement back in September that long-standing production manager John Rea is to leave the business.

Scottish Sea Farms’ managing director, Jim Gallagher, said: “Our business has evolved hugely during John’s 20-year tenure: from the number of locations and regions we farm in, to the innovative new approaches we’re adopting and the range of skill-sets we employ. On learning that John was to leave us, it seemed like the natural time to review how we do things currently and what else we could be doing to better equip us for the future.

“As part of this review, we decided to divide what formerly the remit of production director into two distinct roles: regional manager for Scottish mainland with responsibility for all our marine farms in the area; and director of farming with responsibility for overseeing both freshwater and marine production in all three of our farming regions.

“This will ensure that each region now has its own manager concentrating on the challenges and opportunities of the specific marine environment, supported at a strategic level by a dedicated resource focused on improving biological performance and growing our business in the most responsible and sustainable way.”

Gallagher concluded: “We are all really excited to see what can be achieved when Innes’ and Gideon’s wealth of experience is paired with the skill, knowledge and forward-thinking that already exists within Scottish Sea Farms, helping us build on the gains being made and taking us ever closer to our goal of setting a new benchmark for sustainability within Scottish salmon farming.”