Aquaculture pioneer caps career with top industry award

Submitted photo Stan McGrattan admires the 2022 Atlantic Canada Aquaculture Award he received at the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association’s Annual Science, Research and Technology Forum in Saint Andrews.

SAINT ANDREWS – A local has received the 2022 Atlantic Canada Aquaculture Award.

Stan McGrattan accepted the award at the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association’s Annual Science, Research and Technology Forum held last week in Saint Andrews.

McGrattan’s career in aquaculture began in 1986 when he worked with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to develop an aquaculture demonstration and development farm that would become Aqua Fish Farms (AFF).

McGrattan worked for AFF until 2009 when Cooke Aquaculture purchased it. He continued to work for Cooke, first as an area manager for New Brunswick and later as corporate feed and treatment manager for Cooke North America. He retired from that position in May of this year.

At the award ceremony, Tom Taylor, chair of the Atlantic Fish Farmers’ Association, noted McGrattan’s leadership and problem-solving abilities.

Taylor went on to praise McGrattan saying, “(his) leadership in the development and implementation of best farming practices and innovations has been crucial to the evolution and continued sustainable growth of our industry in Atlantic Canada.”

McGrattan said he felt “quite humbled” when he was asked if he would allow his name to be put forward for the award. He thought about the work other people had done who had received the award and thought, ‘Man, I’d like to be part of that group.’

He concluded his remarks saying, “Thank you for the award, I really appreciate it.”

The award was established in 2017 and honours an industry professional who has dedicated 25 years or more to the areas of science, environment and technology in support of the sustainable development of salmon aquaculture in Atlantic Canada.

robertfisher@stcroixcourier.ca