Rear­ing to go

New build­ing for a new era but top team re­main at the helm

Fish Farmer - - Happy 50th Ardtoe – -

The Marine Farming Unit at Ard­toe, lo­cated on the re­mote Ard­na­mur­chan penin­sula, was es­tab­lished by the White Fish in the UK. Over the years the site has de­vel­oped the farming of sev­eral key marine species, in­clud­ing plaice, tur­bot, hal­ibut, cod and had­dock, with the em­pha­sis more on ap­plied re­search than on purely aca­demic de­vel­op­ment.

unit in 2003 and it passed tem­po­rar­ily into the con­trol of SAMS. Fund­ing Coun­cil sup­port did not ma­te­ri­alise and Ard­toe was pur­chased by Vik­ing Fish Farms.

Vik­ing’s plan was to de­velop a pump ashore salmon re­cir­cu­la­tion unit but this did not go ahead and the unit was then taken on by Tim At­ack and Jim Trea­surer, who ran it for the next seven years.

As well as main­tain­ing the unit’s tra­di­tional ap­plied re­search ac­tiv­i­ties, they also de­vel­oped the com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion of cod fry, but when cod farming col­lapsed, the com­mer­cial em­pha­sis changed to the pro­duc­tion of tur­bot fry for UK, Ir­ish and later Dutch grow­ers.

Through­out their aegis over the unit, the ba­sic busi­ness model for Ard­toe re­mained in the run­ning of a com­bi­na­tion of pro­duc­tion and re­search projects. Sev­eral EU ini­tia­tives, such as ECOFISH and NORHCOD, aimed at de­vel­op­ing rear­ing meth­ods for wrasse and cod re­spec­tively, were car­ried out by At­ack and Trea­surer.

of in­ter­est and pro­duc­tion tech­niques were goldsinny wrasse, had­dock, whit­ing and Pol­lack.

In later years, the unit also de­vel­oped the

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