Ashleigh Currie is FiiZK's business development manager for Scotland and Ireland. Photo: FiiZK

Scottish manager marks new ‘milestone’ for FiiZK

Norwegian aquaculture supplier FiiZK has appointed a business development manager as part of its expansion into the Scottish and Irish markets.

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Ashleigh Currie, who takes up the role on November 9, previously worked as fish health and welfare manager for Scottish Sea Farms in Shetland.

She has a PhD in Marine Science and has most recently been working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of West Scotland.

Fiizk was formed by the merger of tarpaulin producer Botngaard, aquaculture software company Infront-X and SMH Digital Technologies, which develops pioneering digital integration platforms for the aquaculture industry. 

Impermeable tarpaulin

The company makes a cage that uses an impermeable tarpaulin wall instead of a net, and it created salmon farmer Cermaq’s semi-closed containment system, currently being trialled in British Columbia.

In August, FiiZK marketing chief Kevin Skarholt told Fish Farming Expert that interest in its product from Scotland’s salmon farmers prompted the decision to establish a permanent presence in the country.

‘We’ve had feedback from Scotland on closed cages, and at Aqua Nor last year there was quite a lot of interest regarding that,’ he said. ‘We are also in discussions with a potential client in Scotland regarding this.’

FiiZk believes a dedicated manager in Scotland will help the company understand the UK customers’ needs.

‘This employment is a milestone for the FiiZK organisation, and we are confident that Ashleigh is the right person in order for us to succeed in the British Isles,’ said Skarholt.