Argyll man Stuart wins inaugural award

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Stuart Cannon of Kames Fish Farming has won the inaugural People’s Choice honour at the Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards.

Stuart, who founded Kames in 1972 and which is headquartered in Kilmelford, was announced winner in front of a 600-strong capacity crowd at the UK Aquaculture UK exhibition.

The inaugural People’s Choice Award was an opportunity for the aquaculture industry to recognise and vote for the most inspiring and innovative individuals in the industry, people who have made an outstanding contribution to their colleagues and the aquaculture industry.

With more than 1,000 votes cast, Stuart, a popular and respected figure in the industry, walked away with the award.

‘I am thrilled to win this award, especially as it is a vote from my peers, in such a terrific industry. It’s an honour to be the inaugural winner,’ said Stuart. ‘Aquaculture, in particular trout production, has been my passion over the past 45 years. I’m so proud that the wider community has recognised our drive and vision, in what I believe is a fantastic, innovative and essential industry for our sustained future.’

Susan Tinch, event manager of Aquaculture UK: ‘The atmosphere was electric, competition ferocious, with unprecedented industry engagement with the awards and by the incredible standard of the applications and nominations. We are delighted to have Stuart as our inaugural winner, a true industry stalwart and bastion of the Scottish aquaculture industry. It was a fitting celebration for a sector that is going from strength to strength.’