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The Scottish Salmon Company announced as finalist in three categories in this year’s Aquaculture Awards

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has been shortlisted in three categories in the renowned 2020 Aquaculture Awards.

SSC has been shortlisted for the Community Initiative Award and the Economic Sustainability Award for its work with the Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub (OHLEH) project. It has also been shortlisted in the Economic Sustainability category for its Freshwater, Broodstock & Marine Competency Frameworks that support staff training and development. SSC Marine Site Manager, Ross Fennell has also been named a finalist for the prestigious title of Finfish Farmer of the Year. 

The Aquaculture Awards celebrate the range of talent and cutting-edge advances in technology involved in the global aquaculture sector and are judged by a panel of experts from across the industry. 

Created to encourage collaborative solutions to waste management and energy challenges, the OHLEH project is a unique initiative, and the first of its kind in Scotland. The initiative is delivered by SSC in partnership with Pure Energy Centre, Community Energy Scotland and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and funded by the Scottish Government Local Energy Challenge Fund.

The Freshwater, Broodstock & Marine Competency Frameworks set out comprehensive standards for assessing and developing staff across all levels of operations and provides a clear, progressive career path aligned with relevant training requirements to support staff in achieving their potential.

Ross Fennell was nominated for the Finfish Farmer of the Year award because of his unwavering drive to implement positive changes across SSC’s marine sites. Ross’ vast knowledge extends to all areas of marine farming, and he is committed to supporting his colleagues and providing training to new members of staff.

Su Cox, Communications and New Business Development Director, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for four Aquaculture Awards in the Economic Sustainability, Community Initiative and Finfish Farmer of the Year categories. To be shortlisted is a real validation of our commitment to staff development, our communities and sustainable initiatives, whilst recognising the hard work and dedication of our teams. We are also proud to see Ross Fennel shortlisted for Farmer of the Year in recognition of his work ethic and passion for the job.”

Cheri Arvonio, Event Director at the Aquaculture Awards, said: “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.”

The winners will be announced at a presentation dinner on Wednesday 16 September during the Aquaculture UK exhibition in Aviemore.