Fisheries Innovation Scotland seeks new executive director

Nonprofit fishing sector charity Fisheries Innovation Scotland (FIS) is looking for a full-time executive director following Richard Slaski’s decision to step down from the role. 

Established in 2014, FIS aims to bring government, scientists, industry, and other key stakeholders together to lead an on-going program of research, knowledge exchange and education concerned with the management of Scotland's marine fisheries and related areas. Its members include Marine Scotland, The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, Seafish, Young's Seafoods, Marks and Spencer, Scottish Natural Heritage, Sainsbury’s, and Funding Fish.

The new executive director will be responsible for directing and overseeing the processes associated with the commissioning, monitoring and management of FIS research projects. Initially, the position will be on a two-year fixed-term contract.

Slaski’s appointment to FIS was on a part-time basis, and he continues to operate in other areas of the seafood industry. 

“This has been one of the most fascinating and rewarding periods of my 41 years working within the seafood sector, and it’s been a privilege and pleasure to have served with FIS for almost four years. When you look at the composition of the Board and Technical Advisory Committee of FIS, you realize you are surrounded and supported by people who are all world-leading experts in their fields. It’s not surprising that FIS has achieved so much in such a short space of time, and that it continues to go from strength to strength,” he said.

Since its inception, FIS has delivered 16 peer-reviewed projects with an overall value of GBP 1.2 million (USD 1.6 million, EUR 1.4 million). A further round of five major projects valued at more than GBP 400,000 (USD 528,589, EUR 453,618) has just been commissioned.


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