Simply Blue Group – Headquartered in Cork, Ireland, is a leading blue economy developer focused on replacing fossil fuels with clean ocean energy. It develops pioneering blue economy projects – floating offshore wind, e-Fuels, wave energy, and low-impact aquaculture – all in harmony with the oceans. The company has a pipeline of over 10GW of floating offshore wind projects across the globe. Simply Blue is committed to creating new economic opportunities for coastal communities, and developing projects that co-exist with sustainable fisheries and marine conservation.
Golden Acre Foods – Environmental sustainability is a key part of Golden Acre’s overall mission. Golden Acre “is a B-Corp company” and has British Retail Consortium AA ratings and is an official sponsor of The Ocean Foundation and Trees for Cities and an Oxfam partner. Golden Acre website link: Click Here
Stewart Hawthorn – Stewart Hawthorn has been working in aquaculture for more than 30 years. He has been committed to improving the environmental performance of farming operations and welfare of farmed fish, while working collaboratively with local communities and First Nations in New Zealand and Canada.
As Scotland and the UK’s largest food export, farmed salmon is a huge part of the economic success and international recognition of Scotland’s iconic food and drink sector. Even more significantly Scottish salmon farming is a cornerstone of the communities that host the farms, providing quality year-round jobs and community investment as well as support for many local ancillary businesses.
The Scottish Government and regulators need solutions which properly balance the desire to support local economies with the imperative of protecting the environment.
Loch Long Salmon’s new approach, using semi-closed farming systems improves environmental and fish welfare outcomes. Our innovation will allow Scottish communities to continue to enjoy the economic and social benefits associated with salmon farming and will allow this important rural business sector to thrive.