Published: 06/06/2018 19:00 - Updated: 01/06/2018 11:29

Fish farmer reels in industry award

Written byHector MacKenzie

AN "obsessive" dedication to her job has led to a Wester Ross fish farm manager winning a top award.

Sarah Last was crowned Finfish Farm Manager of the Year in recognition of her stand-out performance working off the Summer Isles in Wester Ross.

The accolade was handed out at the Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards in Aviemore.

The local woman left a career in construction to join Scottish Sea Farms, progressing from trainee husbandry to farm manager in just three years. During her first full crop cycle in the role, she has delivered outstanding results, achieving farm record after farm record.

She attributes this success to having a great team and being passionate "to the point of obsession" about fish health and welfare. "I don’t ever really switch off," she admitted.

"The moment I open my eyes I’m thinking about what I need to do that day and immediately want to be out on the farm, checking on the salmon and speaking to the team."

Scottish Sea Farms managing director Jim Gallagher hailed a strong, diverse, dedicated team "and people who think differently and are instinctively driven to do better".

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