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Rob Murray, former general manager at Howietoun fish farm, has joined AquaGen as technical advisor. Photo: AquaGen
Rob Murray, former general manager at Howietoun fish farm, has joined AquaGen as technical advisor. Photo: AquaGen

Salmon and trout egg supplier AquaGen Scotland Ltd has announced the appointment of experienced smolt producer Robert Murray as technical advisor.

Based at the Stirling University Innovation Park, Murray will help to provide technical advice and assistance to AquaGen’s customers and be the main collaborator on industry research projects. 

Norwegian-owned AquaGen is a specialist in genomic selection and is the world’s leading supplier of fertilised salmon and rainbow trout eggs to the global salmonid aquaculture sector.

Last November it announced plans for egg production in Scotland in the 2018/19 season.

“I am very pleased to join the AquaGen team at such an exciting time in the company’s development in Scotland and the wider UK,” said Murray.

With a degree in zoology and 37 years’ experience in the industry, Murray brings a wealth of knowledge and know-how to AquaGen. Much of that time has been spend at the Howietoun fish farm near Stirling, producing smolts for the Scottish salmon farming industry.

“I started there as a stock worker in 1984 and worked my way up to become general manager, a position I held from 1991. Now it is time for a change and a new challenge, and I am keen to start sharing my knowledge and experience,” he said.

AquaGen Scotland managing director Andy Reeve said: “I believe that the enthusiasm and expertise he offers, together with our exciting range of salmonid egg products, will be of great benefit in helping to grow our customers’ businesses.”