Gareth Hammond: Impressed by OTAQ’s approach towards innovative technology. Photo: OTAQ.

OTAQ appoints aquaculture business development manager

Marine technology supplier OTAQ has appointed former Vaki area manager Gareth Hammond as business development manager for its aquaculture division.

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Lancaster-based OTAQ, which has branches in Aberdeen, Ulverston in Cumbria and in the Chilean salmon farming capital of Puerto Montt, is well known for its SealFence predator deterrent and is working on a live plankton analysis system to give fish farmers early warning of algal blooms.

“My aim is to promote and grow the aquaculture business for OTAQ and increase its product portfolio within the industry globally,” said Hammond, who managed fish counter and net pen aeration company Vaki’s UK and Ireland business for five and a half years.

“My reason for joining was OTAQ’s approach towards innovative technology and willingness to work in collaboration with its customers for the benefit of the industry by tackling real issues on site and trying to solve these with our uniquely designed solutions.”