Anne Anderson joins Scottish Sea Farms today to lead its sustainability drive. Photo: SSPO
Anne Anderson joins Scottish Sea Farms today to lead its sustainability drive. Photo: SSPO

Scottish Sea Farms hires SSPO sustainability champion

Scottish Sea Farms, one of Scotland’s biggest salmon farming companies, has appointed a dedicated sustainability champion to help reduce its environmental impact and drive growth.

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Anne Anderson leaves her job as sustainability chief at the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation’s (SSPO), where she spearheaded its Sustainability Charter, to take up her newly created role as Scottish Sea Farms’ head of Sustainability and Development.

Anderson, who worked for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for more than 20 years before joining the SSPO in 2018, will coordinate the various sustainability workstreams at Scottish Sea Farms into one cohesive strategy.

Her responsibilities will include advancing the company’s social, economic and environmental contribution, laying the foundations for further growth, said the company in a press release this morning.

Scottish Sea Farms managing director Jim Gallagher said: ‘Meeting the growing need for food without compromising animal welfare or the local environment has long been the key driver of our business. 

Hybrid power

‘Over the years, the scope of this work has widened to include everything from reducing our use of polystyrene and recycling hatchery waste into fertiliser, to deploying greener building practices and exploring hybrid power.

‘So the time feels right to bring in our very own sustainability champion to coordinate the many worthwhile activities already underway, identify where else we could be making a real and positive difference, and accelerate the collective results.

‘Anne has worked tirelessly over recent years to introduce a sector-wide sustainability charter and establish the need for a fit for purpose regulatory regime, making her our go-to candidate for this strategic new role. I’m hugely excited to see what we deliver together.’

Anderson said: ‘After two non-stop years at the SSPO, during which I achieved what I set out to do – namely, help the sector identify what would be required for it to develop and grow sustainably – I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and help deliver those advances.

‘As someone who cares passionately about protecting our environment, I believe strongly in salmon farming as a low carbon food producer and have seen first-hand just how much those working in the sector care about farming sustainably, in every sense of the term.

‘What makes Scottish Sea Farms stand out is its tremendous sense of team; an attribute which is fundamental for any organisation striving to go above and beyond compliance.’

Anderson takes up her new position at Scottish Sea Farms today.