THE pioneering Scottish technical company Ace Aquatec has won the coveted Aqua Nor innovation award for its pipeline in-water electric stunner, it was announced during the show’s opening ceremony this morning.
Nathan Pyne-Carter, managing director of the Dingwall based firm, was at the Trondheim exhibition to receive the award, and a cheque, from Norwegian fisheries minister Per Sandberg.
Ace Aquatec had been shortlisted alongside two Norwegian companies, chosen from a record 28 candidates.
The stunning system comprises three to five electrodes and connected switching electronics capable of rendering the fish unconscious within one second, without damage to the flesh.
‘It is believed that the system has the potential to transform welfare and efficiencies in aquaculture and mariculture worldwide for fish and crustaceans,’ the Aqua Nor jury said.
Pyne-Carter (pictured) thanked the early adopters of the technology, saying that in the initial stages of development ‘it’s hard to convince companies to join you on the journey’.
Scottish Sea Farms, in particular, had trialled the product, and Pyne-Carter also thanked distributor Sterner.
Crowds on the first day of Aqua Nor, which runs until Friday, had by lunchtime surpassed the total number of visitors for the first day of the previous event, in 2015.
There were more than 7,000 registrations by 12pm, compared to 5,073 on day one in 2015, said Erik Hempel, director of communications at the Nor-Fishing Foundation, which organises Aqua Nor.
That represents an increase of nearly 50 per cent. Meanwhile, press registrations were up by 200 per cent to 134, several days before the exhibition began. Hempel said he believed this figure would rise to 150-160 by the time all journalists had registered.