Ma­rine Har­vest man marks 40 years…

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

MA­RINE Har­vest pur­chas­ing man­ager Dave McEwan re­ceived his 40 years’ long ser­vice award at the com­pany’s Fort Wil­liam of­fices on June 20.

McEwan be­gan his ca­reer at the In­ver­garry hatch­ery and from there moved into the man­age­ment of fresh­wa­ter and sea­wa­ter de­part­ments, be­fore switch­ing more re­cently to lo­gis­tics and pur­chas­ing.

Col­leagues gath­ered from across the com­pany to con­grat­u­late McEwan, who said: ‘The last 40 years have flown by and my thanks go to all my col­leagues and fam­ily for help­ing me achieve this mile­stone.’

He later told Fish Farmer that his ca­reer op­tions af­ter col­lege had in­cluded be­ing a sil­ver ser­vice waiter at In­ver­lochy Cas­tle, work­ing on his un­cle’s sheep farm, or join­ing the Army, but he was glad he had cho­sen fish farm­ing.

He said be­lieved work­ing in aqua­cul­ture now was ‘100 per cent bet­ter’ for young en­trants.

‘The tech­nol­ogy and re­sources com­pared to what we had in the past are so dif­fer­ent, there’s a lot more em­pha­sis on tak­ing away the heavy lift­ing. There’s a lot of money go­ing into mak­ing things eas­ier and buy­ing the right kit… and there are more sup­pli­ers.’

He said he started on ‘a glam­orous £1,960 a year’, which nowa­days is close to what peo­ple get a month if they’re start­ing out.

McEwan, only the sec­ond per­son in Ma­rine Har­vest glob­ally to reach the 40-year mark, was given his award by Ewan MacColl, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor of pro­cess­ing and feed.

(pic­ture Ma­rine Har­vest)

Above: Dave McEwan (left) and Ewan MacColl

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