A control unit for one of OTAQ's SealFence predator deterrents in use on a salmon farm in Chile. Photo: OTAQ.
A control unit for one of OTAQ's SealFence predator deterrents in use on a salmon farm in Chile. Photo: OTAQ.

Focus on aquaculture as OTAQ makes changes

Chris Hyde, chief commercial officer for aquaculture and offshore energy industry technology supplier OTAQ Group, has switched roles to become chief technology officer.

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And he has promised an aquaculture-focused product strategy targeting algal bloom analysis, video-based AI (artificial intelligence) technologies, control and data platforms and an enhanced predator deterrent system.

Hyde’s move is one of two changes for the Aberdeen-based company, which also has offices in Lancaster, Ulverston and Puerto Montt in Chile. Maurice Coull joins the company as chief engineer.

Chris Hyde: 'Enhanced product strategy'.
Chris Hyde: "Enhanced product strategy".

Product development

“We’re delighted Chris has taken on this key role and that Maurice has agreed to join OTAQ, with both of them ready to push ahead with product development plans,” said chief executive Phil Newby in a press release.

“With a combined 65 years of industry experience, Chris and Maurice have the expertise and enthusiasm needed to strengthen and support the engineering department with innovative new product development.”

A founding member of the OTAQ team, Hyde has over 25 years’ experience in systems and technology for aquaculture and offshore energy.

“I am really looking forward to my new role as chief technology officer and the new challenges that will come with the position. I plan on delivering an enhanced product strategy focussed on aquaculture,” said Hyde.

Large projects

Coull has led the build of large projects primarily for new clients in Singapore, as engineering manager and technical authority at Fathom Systems. Prior to this, he ran his own engineering company, Immerse Technologies Ltd, for over eight years working for clients in the Aberdeen area.

He said: “I am looking forward to starting the next stage of my career with OTAQ, using my ROV, autonomous underwater vehicle and most recently diving system experience to lead product development. This is a very exciting time to join the company and I am eager to see what lies ahead.”