Bakkafrost Scotland site manager Craig Johnstone was named as Aquaculture Learner of the Year 2023.

Search begins for next Aquaculture Learner of the Year


Nominations for Lantra Scotland’s 2024 ALBAS (Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills) are now open.

The awards recognise successful trainees of all ages and encourage employers to invest in the next generation of talent, while promoting the many rewarding careers available in the land-based and aquaculture sector.

This year’s winner in the aquaculture section was Bakkafrost Scotland site manager Craig Johnstone, who was named Aquaculture Learner of the Year.

The salmon farmer, from Tarbert in Argyll, had been doing a Technical Apprenticeship in Aquaculture through UHI Shetland while working for Bakkafrost at Gigha.

Lori Smith from Bixter in Shetland took the runner up spot in the aquaculture category. Smith has been doing a Modern Apprenticeship in Aquaculture through UHI Shetland while working as a technician for salmon producer Scottish Sea Farms.

Dedication and achievement

Liz Barron-Majerik, Scotland director for Lantra, said: “The land-based and aquaculture industries that are the focus of our ALBAS make a substantial contribution to Scotland’s economy, particularly in rural areas.

“By recognising and celebrating the success of our top learners, employers, training providers and partners, the awards serve to highlight the dedication and achievements of everyone involved.

“Becoming a finalist in the ALBAS often makes a huge difference to people’s self-confidence and ultimately their careers too.

“I’m also delighted to announce that we will have a fantastic new venue for our 2024 ceremony, the Crieff Hydro in Perthshire.”

The deadline for entries to the ALBAS is Friday, December 1, and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday, March 7, 2024. Nominations can be made here.