David Whyte will be in charge of BioMar's new Tasmanian feed plant, which opens next year.

Salmon veteran Whyte named feed plant boss

BioMar has appointed experienced aquaculture industry executive David Whyte as managing director of its under-construction fish feed plant in Tasmania.

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Whyte, who has BSc in Marine Biology from Heriot Watt University, has 32 years’ experience in aquaculture production and supply companies in Scotland, Australia and New Zealand.

He was the first technical manager at BioMar’s UK plant in the late nineties and returns to BioMar to lead the start-up of the company’s first Australian mill, the company said in a press release. The plant will be ready for commissioning in early 2020.

Patrick Campbell: Whyte has 'deep understanding of aquaculture'.

Impressive experience

Patrick Campbell, vice president of BioMar’s Salmon Division, said: “David will bring an impressive combination of experience to our business. He possesses a deep understanding of aquaculture built up over a lifetime in the industry. His breadth of knowledge and commitment to customers makes him ideally suited to lead BioMar Australia in the next phase of its development.”

Whyte said: “I am excited to take this new professional challenge to build a high performing team and firmly establish BioMar in Australia and New Zealand.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity and a significant responsibility to meet the expectation of our customers, staff, community and shareholders.”

Whyte, who will join the company in mid-July, has extensive experience in aquaculture, including four years as sales and marketing manager at Skretting between 2002 and 2006.

He was group technical manager at Huon Aquaculture in Hobart, Tasmania, for more than 11 years before a stint as New Zealand King Salmon’s chief operating officer from January to November last year.

Most recently he has been employed as senior manager - innovation and projects for Tasmanian salmon farmer Tassal.