Joaquin Garcia Nuñez has been appointed as production director for AquaGen Scotland, charged with leading developments at the company’s Holywood hatchery near Dumfries.
He will also manage the Scottish brood fish populations which are located in a number of sites on the Scottish west coast and in the Northern Isles.
Mr Garcia Nuñez has been with AquaGen since 1999, most recently as global production development manager. “I continue to champion and manage global best practice, but my immediate focus is to ensure the new and enthusiastic team at Holywood are fully trained to maintain optimum husbandry of the broodstock and manage the egg production,” he said. “This is a complex task, which is all about predictability, and our most important goal is to take a positive approach to local production and to focus fully on getting a high-quality egg,” he added.
Mr Garcia Nuñez will focus on reducing risk in the production cycle, implementing robust biosecurity standards and ensuring water quality and temperate monitoring systems accurately warn of any deviations.
Since purchasing the Holywood hatchery in 2019 and instigating a complete refit to repurpose it from a smolt production facility, AquaGen has worked hard to overcome early teething troubles with equipment and with the working and supply restrictions imposed by Covid-19.