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Fish farm manager, Alan Tangny, has been announced as the regional runner up in the Young Producer category of this year’s M&S Select Farm Awards.
Alan was crowned LANTRA’s Aquaculture Learner of the year in 2018 and he has shown exceptional enthusiasm to learn new things; seizing the opportunities to develop his role in the industry and move up the career ladder.
After leaving school, Alan originally spent 10 years in the hospitality industry before applying for a trainee fish husbandry role with Scottish Sea Farms when he was 29 years old.
Now 32, Alan’s drive and hard work have been rewarded by his recent appointment as farm manager at Scottish Sea Farm’s Loch Spelve site.
‘Whether applying himself to his modern apprenticeship scheme or working out on the fish farm itself, Alan has shown the same, exemplary enthusiasm throughout,’ explains Rory Conn, from Scottish Sea Farms, who nominated Alan in the Young Producer award category. ‘Having joined Scottish Sea Farms with no prior aquaculture experience and having been offered the same opportunities to learn and develop as his peers, Alan’s career progression has been outstanding.
‘Alan has recently returned to Loch Spelve after a trip to Norway and is now implementing some of the ideas he observed during his tour to produce even better-quality fish, as well as putting in place preventative measures aimed at maintaining high standards of fish health.’
Steve McLean, head of agriculture and fisheries at M&S, said: ‘Alan’s success is down to his excellent work ethic and desire to learn as much as possible about the technical side of rearing salmon; we need more young producers like Alan across the aquaculture sector.
‘It is very impressive that Alan has been able to make such rapid progress from trainee, to senior farm management, and he clearly has a bright future ahead of him in the aquaculture industry.’
The M&S Select Farm Awards presentation took place on the M&S stand during the first day of this year’s Royal Highland Show.
The M&S Select Farm Awards are held annually to celebrate producers in the M&S supply base and the awards are open to all farmers and growers that supply M&S.
The awards have three categories; the Innovation Award recognises producers pushing the boundaries in their sector, the Young Producer award champions young, forward thinking individuals and the Award for Excellence focuses on producers that have demonstrated all-round outstanding performance in their sector.