Ace Aquatec expands in Canada with former Mowi and Cermaq hire

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Underwater engineering specialist Adrian Hulme also joins Scottish aquaculture tech company.

Scotland-headquartered aquaculture and marine equipment supplier Ace Aquatec has exapanded its global presence with two senior additions to its North America team.

The expansion makes the new Canada office Ace Aquatec’s fourth international base outside the UK in addition to Australia, Chile and Norway.

The company makes acoustic and non-acoustic predator deterrents to electric in-water stunning that improves animal welfare at slaughter, and biomass measurement that uses real 3D data to improve accuracy.

The new division will be led by Ace Aquatec Regional Manager, Sam Bowman, who previously held senior management positions at Mowi and Cermaq.

Bowman will be working with Dr Jenny Bouwsema PhD, director of scientific research, who has worked alongside a number of fish farms and hatcheries across the globe to help develop technical solutions and carry out welfare research. New recruit Adrian Hulme is a product engineer and design consultant with over 35 years’ experience in underwater engineering.

“Over the last year, we have taken the decision to grow Ace Aquatec’s presence internationally by making our technology and research knowledge more accessible to fish farmers across the globe. We’re continuing to see the growing demand for more productive, ethical and sustainable methods of fish farming, so expanding our team in North America was the next logical step in our strategy,” said Ace Aquatec CEO Nathan Pyne-Carter.

Last year, Minecraft developers and tech entrepreneurs Chris van der Kuyl and Paddy Burns invested in the Dundee company.