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Who's in the running for the 2020 Aquaculture Awards?

16 April 2020, at 10:43am

An impressive range of companies, research organisations and individuals from around the world have made the shortlists for the 2020 Aquaculture Awards.

Winners will be announced at a special awards dinner on 16 September, which is part of this year’s Aquaculture UK exhibition, in Aviemore. The awards will highlight the range of talent and cutting-edge advances in technology involved in the global aquaculture sector.

Attendees at the 2018 Aquaculture Awards dinner, in Aviemore
The awards dinner is taking place at the same venue as the 2018 Aquaculture Awards

“The Aquaculture Awards are a fantastic way to recognise the achievements of those stand-out individuals who are making an exceptional contribution to the industry. Once again, the quality of this year’s awards entries has been outstanding. Congratulations and good luck to each of our shortlisted finalists,” says event director Cheri Arvonio.

The shortlists for 12 of the 14 categories are:

Finfish farmer of the year – sponsored by Gael Force Group

  • Lovemore Ndovie – Kayalami Aquaculture, Congo
  • Funke Olatunde – PhD student and fish farmer, Nigeria
  • Ross Fennel – site assistant with the Scottish Salmon Company, Gigha, Scotland
  • Noelia Rodriguez – hatchery manager for Scottish Sea Farms, Barcaldine, Scotland

Shellfish farmer of the year – sponsored by M&S Select Farms

  • Gordon Turnbull – owner and operator of Isle of Mull Oysters, Scotland
  • George Holmyard – manager of Offshore Shellfish, Devon, England
  • Koo Eng Wah – owner and operator of Sepang Today Aquaculture Centre, Malaysia

Outstanding contribution to the industry – sponsored by Marine Scotland

  • Amy Novogratz – co-founder and head of Aqua-Spark, Netherlands
  • Alan Henshaw – manager of Calverton Fish Farm, England
  • Alastair Barge – owner/operator of Otter Ferry Seafish, Scotland
  • Djames Lim – CEO of the Lim Shrimp Group, Indonesia

Environmental impact – sponsored by Cargill

  • Inovafeed – insect protein producer, France
  • Fjord Maritime – generators for feed barges, Norway
  • Nofir – recycling, Norway
  • EWOS/Cargill Aqua Nutrition – developing compostable feed bags, Scotland

Aquaculture supplier of the year – sponsored by Stingray

  • Benchmark Genetics/StofnFiskur
  • Ace Aquatec
  • NAFC Marine Centre UHI
  • Gael Force Group

Community initiative

  • Loch Duart – Salmon Pool community funding
  • Mowi Scotland – Salmon Wagon
  • The Scottish Salmon Company - Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub (OHLEH), Lewis

Economic sustainability – sponsored by BioMar

  • Aquaseed Fishtecknik – fish smokers, Nigeria
  • The Scottish Salmon Company - Apprentice to Expert training scheme, Scotland
  • Scottish Sea Farms – Eday Employee Housing, Scotland
  • The Scottish Salmon Company - Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub (OHLEH), Lewis, Scotland

Animal welfare – sponsored by MSD Animal Health

  • John Avizienius and Malcolm Johnstone – RSPCA Assured
  • FAI Farms – Tilapia Wellbeing project
  • Benchmark Genetics – SalmoBreed Salten
  • Ace Aquatec and Scottish Sea Farms – novel slaughtering systems

Innovation – sponsored by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre

  • Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group – novel packaging
  • Vita Aqua Feeds (World Feeds Ltd) – cleaner fish feed blocks
  • EWOS/Cargill Aqua Nutrition/Gaia BioMaterials Ltd - compostable feed bags
  • Ace Aquatec & Scottish Sea Farms – novel slaughtering systems

Rising star – sponsored by AILG Skills Group

  • Funke Olatunde – Imoran Farms, Nigeria
  • Rosie Dreghorn – Cargill/EWOS, Scotland
  • Zoe Fletcher – AquaBio Tech Group, Malta
  • Ivana Russon – BioMar, Scotland

Unsung hero

  • Professor Chalres Ngugi - Kenya
  • Dr Martin Jaffa – Callander McDowell, UK
  • Nigel Woodhouse – Hawkshead Trout, UK
  • Nick Bradbury – BioMar, UK

Collaboration – sponsored by the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture

  • The Global Salmon Initiative (GSI)
  • Mowi Scotland – River Lochy salmon enhancement project
  • Davidsons Animal Feeds / The James Hutton Institute – seaweed in livestock feeds
  • Benchmark Genetics / Nofima – development of whitespot-resistant shrimp

In addition, there will be two special awards. One is for the best overall aquaculture company to be shortlisted, which is sponsored by Crown Estate Scotland and decided at the judges’ discretion. Meanwhile the winner of the people’s choice category, which is sponsored by Sølvtrans, is to be decided by an open vote. Any individual involved in the aquaculture sector can vote for one of the nominated candidates. Details of how to vote will be released shortly on the Aquaculture Awards website.

The judging process

The shortlists were drawn up, following a record number of nominations and applications, by a diverse panel of judges, featuring Alex Adrian, aquaculture operations manager of Crown Estate Scotland; Martin Gill, head of aquaculture and fisheries at Lloyds Register; Nicki Holmyard, Director of Offshore Shellfish Ltd; Professor Dave Little, head of research at Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture; Ingrid Olesen, senior scientist at Nofima; and The Fish Site’s Rob Fletcher.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic they were unable to meet up in person, but over the course of three conference calls organisers were able to debate the relative merits of over entries and nominations, and the six judges managed to whittle down the contenders for each category to make the shortlists.

The judging procedure was based on a voting system following a debate between the panel – those judges with a connection to a company or product in the running for an award had to declare their interest and abstain from voting on that particular category.

Further information

The awards’ dinner will take place at the Macdonald Resort, in Aviemore, on 16 September 2020.

For enquiries related to the 2020 Awards, please contact event organiser Cheri Arvonio, Cheri Arvonio, CArvonio@divcom.co.uk

For commercial enquiries, please contact Ian Hames, ian.hames@5mpublishing.com