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Education / Aquaculture apprentices honoured at awards ceremony

Scottish Sea Farms' Derek Ferguson.

THREE Shetland UHI aquaculture apprentices have picked up prizes at a national awards ceremony.

The success was announced at the Lantra Awards in Dunblane this week.

Lantra Scotland is the sector skills council for land, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries.

Scottish Sea Farms’ Emily Underhill.

Derek Ferguson was the winner of the higher education SCQF level nine plus award, and runner-up in the overall modern apprentice category.

Emmanuelle Rey.

The 34-year-old works on a site at Setterness for Scottish Sea Farms.

“I’m proud to win these awards and see the hard work and dedication recognised,” Ferguson said. “I hope this will motivate people in a similar position.’

Meanwhile Emmanuelle Rey won the aquaculture category.

She works at the Frandy Hatchery for Dawnfresh Farming Ltd.

Emily Underhill was a runner-up in the aquaculture category. She works for Scottish Sea Farms at the Barcaldine Hatchery in Oban.

Emily formerly worked in the hatchery at Girlsta.

Shetland UHI’s head of aquaculture Stuart Fitzsimmons said: “My congratulations to all three winners.

“We are very proud to have supported these three students and to have their hard work recognised in this way.

“Also, a big thanks for all the aquaculture staff for ensuring the students completed their courses during the Covid lockdown.”