Alison Hutchins appointed as Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s director of innovations

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Alison Hutchins has taken up a new role at the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), as the sustainable standards body’s director of innovations, having previously served as the farming director at Dawnfresh Farming for over four years. 

The Scottish-based director previously worked as the technical and compliance manager at Dawnfresh Seafoods for around nine years. Prior to joining Dawnfresh, Hutchins worked as the environmental development manager at the Scottish Salmon Company, as well as other roles at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Marine Harvest Scotland (now known as Mowi).

Dawnfresh Seafoods went into administration back in March, stating that it was the company’s only option after it experienced “very serious financial problems.” Cash flow issues and rising costs hampered the company, which is one of the UK’s largest producers and processors of fish.

Posting on LinkedIn, Hutchins announced the move, stating that she is “excited” to have joined ASC and is “looking forward to the new challenge.” In a parting message to her old company, Hutchins added “Sending big thanks to all my Dawnfresh friends for being part of my professional growth over the last nine years.”