Scottish Sea Farms appoints new sustainability chief

Atlantic salmon producer Scottish Sea Farms has appointed Anne Anderson as its head of sustainability and development.

In the newly created role, Anderson will spearhead the company’s drive to minimize its environmental impact and maximize its social and economic value to Scotland, according to the Stirling, U.K.-based company. One of Anderson's immediate priorities will be bringing together the company’s different sustainability workstreams into one cohesive strategy and ensuring resources are directed where they will be of biggest benefit to Scotland’s net-zero ambitions, it said. 

Anderson’s previous positions include chief officer of compliance and beyond at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), and most recently, sustainability director at the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO).

“After two non-stop years at the SSPO, during which I achieved what I set out to do – namely, help the sector identify what would be required for it to develop and grow sustainably – I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and help deliver those advances,” Anderson said. “As someone who cares passionately about protecting our environment, I believe strongly in salmon farming as a low carbon food producer and have seen firsthand just how much those working in the sector care about farming sustainably, in every sense of the term.”

Announcing the appointment, Scottish Sea Farms Managing Director Jim Gallagher said that meeting the growing need for food without compromising animal welfare or the local environment has long been the key driver of the business. 

“Over the years, the scope of this work has widened to include everything from reducing our use of polystyrene and recycling hatchery waste into fertilizer, to deploying greener building practices and exploring hybrid power,” Gallagher said. “So, the time feels right to bring in our very own sustainability champion to coordinate the many worthwhile activities already underway, identify where else we could be making a real and positive difference, and accelerate the collective results.”

Gallagher said the addition of Anderson will have great strategic impact for the company.

“Anne has worked tirelessly over recent years to introduce a sector-wide sustainability charter and establish the need for a fit for purpose regulatory regime, making her our go-to candidate for this strategic new role. I’m hugely excited to see what we deliver together,” Gallagher said. 

Photo courtesy of Barbora Gaborova, Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd.


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