Scottish Sea Farms restructures management, makes appointments

Published on
December 3, 2019

The imminent departure of Scottish Sea Farms’ (SSF) production manager of 20 years, John Rea, has led the salmon producer to divide the role into the two separate positions: regional manager for the Scottish mainland and director of farming.

Taking up the regional manager post with immediate effect is Innes Weir, a former farm manager with SSF who went on to several international roles including, most recently, U.K. general manager for Steinsvik.

In April 2020, Gideon Pringle, who is currently operations director of farming at Mowi Scotland, will assume the role of director of farming. Pringle has a Ph.D. in salmon genetics and over 20 years’ practical experience amassed across both freshwater and marine farming.

Explaining the restructuring, SSF Managing Director Jim Gallagher said the move, which followed a review of the company’s operations, would ensure that each region now has its own manager, who would be able to concentrate on the challenges and opportunities of the specific marine environment.

“We are all really excited to see what can be achieved when Innes’ and Gideon’s wealth of experience is paired with the skill, knowledge, and forward-thinking that already exists within Scottish Sea Farms, helping us build on the gains being made and taking us ever closer to our goal of setting a new benchmark for sustainability within Scottish salmon farming,” Gallagher said.

On leaving SSF, Rea plans pursue his passion for personal development and coaching.

Photo courtesy of Scottish Sea Farms

Contributing Editor reporting from London, UK

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