New Northern Isles Regional Manager Richard Darbyshire with MD Jim Gallagher Photo: Scottish Sea FarmsNew Northern Isles Regional Manager Richard Darbyshire with MD Jim Gallagher Photo: Scottish Sea Farms

Scottish Sea Farms has promoted its regional manager for Orkney, Richard Darbyshire, to the all-new role of Northern Isles regional manager with responsibility for the company’s Shetland and Orkney farms, supported by two new area manager roles.

The newly-created roles are part of a restructure aimed at helping Scottish Sea Farms set a new benchmark for sustainability in the sector and will see the company’s three existing farming regions consolidated into two – the Northern Isles and mainland Scotland.

Scottish Sea Farms’ managing director, Jim Gallagher said, “We will now have two farming regions of a similar size in terms of number of farms, each one overseen by its own dedicated degional manager – Innes Weir who joined us in December 2019 with responsibility for our farms on Scottish mainland, and Richard Darbyshire in his new Northern Isles role.

Richard Darbyshire will divide his time between Orkney where he is based and Shetland and said it was a really exciting time for all marine farmers. “Our new Barcaldine RAS Hatchery [is] producing significantly bigger smolts that require less time at sea. We’ve also got more tools at our disposal than ever before to proactively protect fish health,” he said.

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