Aqua­cul­ture awards go an­nual and global

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THE Aqua­cul­ture Awards held in Aviemore last May are to be­come an an­nual event, with a date al­ready fixed for May, 2019.

They will also be thrown open to a wider au­di­ence, with global aqua­cul­ture com­pa­nies in­vited to com­pete.

The or­gan­iser, 5m Pub­lish­ing, an­nounced the new date for the Scot­tish Marine Aqua­cul­ture Awards, to be held at Dy­namic Earth in Ed­in­burgh on May 29, fol­low­ing the suc­cess of this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, staged at Aqua­cul­ture UK.

‘The 2018 awards were hugely suc­cess­ful – at­tract­ing a record num­ber of en­trants from around the UK – and we’re keen to en­cour­age in­ter­na­tional in­volve­ment this time too,’ said 5m’s sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Matt Colvan.

‘The an­nual awards are now open to par­tic­i­pants in the sec­tor from around the world.’

The awards will take place at a pre­sen­ta­tion din­ner fol­low­ing a half-day sem­i­nar, the de­tails of which will be an­nounced shortly. The cat­e­gories in­clude: Ap­plied Re­search Break­through (spon­sored by Lloyds Reg­is­ter) – open to any re­search project in­volv­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the in­dus­try and aca­demic sec­tors. The win­ner will be the project that is most likely to have an im­pact on the in­dus­try and has al­ready demon­strated some tan­gi­ble mea­sures of suc­cess.

Sus­tain­abil­ity (spon­sored by Cargill) – will be pre­sented to the or­gan­i­sa­tion that is able to demon­strate the con­sis­tency of its con­tri­bu­tion to the en­vi­ron­men­tal, eth­i­cal and eco­nomic sus­tain­abil­ity of the in­dus­try. En­trants will need to high­light ways they are ad­dress­ing each of the three E’s.

In­ter­na­tional Im­pact (spon­sored by BioMar)- an award set to pro­mote com­pa­nies and/or new ini­tia­tives with a truly in­ter­na­tional im­pact. Projects that pro­mote cross-in­dus­try col­lab­o­ra­tion and/or make their re­sults freely avail­able for the greater good of the sec­tor will be viewed par­tic­u­larly favourably.

Peo­ple’s Choice – in­di­vid­u­als are in­vited to nom­i­nate a per­son from within the sec­tor whose at­ti­tude and achieve­ments in the last 12 months have been par­tic­u­larly in­spi­ra­tional.The pub­lic will then be able to vote for any­one from the short­list, which will be drawn up by the judg­ing panel based on the best of the nom­i­na­tions re­ceived.

Most promis­ing new en­trant – nom­i­na­tions sought for peo­ple, com­pa­nies or prod­ucts that have ar­rived on the aqua­cul­ture scene since Jan­uary 2018.

An­i­mal Wel­fare – any ini­tia­tive that has im­proved the wel­fare of the farmed an­i­mals and/or the wildlife they in­ter­act with since Jan­uary 2018. Ini­tia­tives can cover a range of fac­tors, in­clud­ing ge­netic, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions, or im­prove­ments in hus­bandry and farm man­age­ment pro­to­cols.

Tech/Data In­no­va­tion – an award for the de­vel­oper of novel hard­ware or soft­ware that has, or is pro­jected to, im­prove the per­for­mance of any aqua­cul­ture sec­tor.

Diver­sity (spon­sored by Scot­tish Aqua­cul­ture In­no­va­tion Cen­tre) – the em­ployer, in­di­vid­ual or or­gan­i­sa­tion that has done the most to pro­mote diver­sity in their work­force and/or the sec­tor in gen­eral since Jan­uary 2018.

‘We have es­tab­lished a new set of cat­e­gories which have a greater em­pha­sis on sus­tain­able farm­ing prac­tices, cut­ting edge re­search and tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion,’ said Su­san Tinch, event or­gan­iser.

The clos­ing date for en­tries is March 1, 2019, and the short­lists will be an­nounced in early April.

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