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Former Edinburgh Salmon Company owner named new Loch Duart chair

Loch Duart farms in Sutherland and the Uists. Photo: Loch Duart.
Loch Duart farms in Sutherland and the Uists. Photo: Loch Duart.

Salmon farmer Loch Duart has announced the appointment of Scottish seafood industry expert Alistair Erskine as its new chair.

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He takes over from Dr Andrew Barbour, who has been chair since 2008 having joined as a non-executive director in 2002.

Loch Duart managing director Alban Denton said: “Loch Duart is very fortunate to be appointing Alistair Erskine, whose understanding of the Scottish and UK seafood markets and the global importance of this industry, runs side by side with our growing, international ambitions.

“Alistair’s industry insight and commercial acumen is widely known. He has long been at the forefront of the seafood sector, having previously owned the Edinburgh Salmon Company (ESC) which he built into one of the largest salmon processors in the Scottish Highlands.”

Highland Fish Farmers

Erskine’s career in the seafood industry also includes managing J W Seafoods, Allen & Dey (seafood processors) and salmon farming company, Highland Fish Farmers Ltd.

In a press release, Erskine said: “It’s an exciting time to be joining Loch Duart and I look forward to working with them as the business continues to grow.

“I have a passion for the seafood sector and look forward to bringing my experience of running businesses in salmon farming, salmon processing and smoking to support this amazing company and brand.”

Denton added: “Dr Andrew Barbour, the chairman Alistair follows, has a real passion for sustainable farming methods, both on land and sea.

“He guided the business through its most successful period of growth since we started farming and passes Loch Duart on in great form, with our 2019 farming performance well set and fish health at an all-time high.

“Andrew’s knowledge supported the business and his genuine care for the Loch Duart team was evident. He was especially proud of our recent Silver IIP (Investor In People) award.”      

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