Last or­ders

Fish Farmer - - Contents - JENNY HJUL – ED­I­TOR

THOSE of us at Fish Farmer get­ting ready to go to Aqua Nor had hoped we would see our for­mer col­league Wil­liam Dowds there, but it was not to be. Wil­liam passed away on Au­gust 3, and de­spite his fail­ing health in the last weeks, he was as en­gaged as ever with the aqua­cul­ture world he loved. He’d made it to Trond­heim in 2017, months af­ter ma­jor surgery - in fact, it’s fair to say, he stole the show that year. Wear­ing his kilt, he caught the at­ten­tion of Nor­way’s Crown Prince Haakon, who in­ter­rupted his tour of the Trond­heim Spek­trum while Wil­liam showed him pic­tures of old Fish Farmer front cov­ers (in­clud­ing the one fea­tur­ing Prince Charles at Marine Har­vest) on his iPad.

Wil­liam re­fused to let ill­ness cramp his style and in the past year or so he also fit­ted in trips to Dubrovnik, Aviemore, Mont­pel­lier and, as re­cently as March, New Or­leans, and many of his in­dus­try friends will be happy they spent time with him on th­ese oc­ca­sions. I will miss him, not just on the road, where he was the best of trav­el­ling com­pan­ions (jolly even be­fore those 5.55am flights), but as the source of all aqua­cul­ture re­lated wis­dom, im­por­tant and not so, dis­pensed with typ­i­cal Wil­liam di­rect­ness.

Plans are al­ready afoot to toast him (with his 260 kro­ner shots of La­gavulin) in Trond­heim later this month, so he will be there with us af­ter all, in spirit at least. Slàinte and skol Wil­liam!

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