Professor Hervé Migaud is Mowi Scotland's new fish health, welfare and biology director.
Professor Hervé Migaud is Mowi Scotland's new fish health, welfare and biology director.

Top aquaculture academic Migaud joins Mowi Scotland

Mowi Scotland has hired experienced aquaculture scientist Hervé Migaud, a former head of Stirling University’s Institute of Aquaculture (IoA), as fish health, welfare and biology director.


Migaud’s previous post was professor and head of the production research group at the IoA. Before that he was head of the Institute but stood down towards the end of 2018 to concentrate on research.

Ben Hadfield, Mowi’s chief operating officer for Scotland, Ireland and the Faroes, said: “Hervé brings a very strong academic background and applied research to our company. We expect his years of knowledge and teams management will lead to continued improvements to our salmon’s biological results.”

Industry partners

Migaud has more than 20 years’ experience and applied expertise working in collaboration with world-leading industry partners on fish breeding, physiology, farming systems and technology, husbandry manipulations (environmental, dietary, genetic, systems), health, stress and welfare and domestication of new species.

In the last decade, he has co-authored 157 peer-reviewed publications to date, many relevant to the Atlantic salmon sector, with focus on breeding and genetics, health, welfare and nutrition.

Migaud has been the principal investigator in a three-year, £2 million study that aims to provide important information on the impact of innovative farming technologies on salmon.

Mowi, the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC), Scottish Sea Farms (SSF), Cooke and Grieg have all been involved in the project.

Speaking about his new role, Migaud, who is president of the European Aquaculture Society, said: “Over the last 20 years, I’ve had many collaborations with Mowi on research projects from eggs to harvest, addressing key aspects of the production cycle and witnessed directly the technological breakthroughs made during this period. This has been very impressive, and I am looking forward to contributing to the future success of the largest salmon company in the world.”