Fish farm man­ager is up for na­tional award at Royal High­land Show at Inglis­ton

The Oban Times - - Farming -

A FISH farm man­ager from near Oban has been nom­i­nated for a na­tional award.

An­drew MacLean­nan, man­ager for Scot­tish Sea Farms in Fi­u­nary, has made it onto the short­list of this year’s pres­ti­gious M&S Farm­ing for the Fu­ture awards. He will fi nd out if he has been crowned the win­ner on the fi rst day of the Royal High­land Show in Ed­in­burgh to­day (Thurs­day).

Mr MacLean­nan, 27, has been nom­i­nated in the Young Pro­ducer cat­e­gory for his role in man­ag­ing the sup­ply of Lochmuir salmon to Marks and Spencer.

His nom­i­na­tion comes af­ter hav­ing re­cently been ap­pointed as the man­ager of the Marks and Spencer Lochmuir salmon farm at Fi­u­nary, which re­cently re­opened fol­low­ing a £2 mil­lion in­vest­ment. Mr MacLean­nan started work­ing for Scot­tish Sea Farms four years ago as a trainee hus­bandry man and has quickly worked his way through the ranks.

His am­bi­tious at­ti­tude has seen him ea­gerly grasp ev­ery train­ing op­por­tu­nity and, in a short space of time, he has also gained a va­ri­ety of pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment qual­i­fi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing those in fish health, fish feed and nu­tri­tion, and busi­ness man­age­ment.

Mr MacLean­nan has also col­lab­o­rated with other farm man­agers and a spe­cial­ist net com­pany to se­cure the pro­duc­tion of a uniquely de­signed net and weight­ing sys­tem, which en­ables them to be cleaned eas­ily and thor­oughly. This has en­sured that hy­giene among his fish is as high as pos­si­ble and min­imises the risk of in­fec­tion.

The judges were im­pressed by Mr MacLean­nan’s un­der­stand­ing of fish bi­ol­ogy and that he had cre­ated a safe and pro­duc­tive en­vi­ron­ment in which salmon can thrive. They were also im­pressed with his pas­sion for the in­dus­try and his ded­i­ca­tion to learn­ing and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment.

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