Mowi has announced that Catherine McManus has been appointed as the new farming Operations Director in Ireland.
The fish farming company has maintained a base in Ireland for 43 years, where it employs around 300 people across salmon farms, hatcheries and processing facilities throughout the country.
McManus, who has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and a Master of Science degree in Coastal Zone Management, has worked for Mowi for over 30 years, including as the company’s Technical Manager in Ireland.
Mowi appointed her with a view to taking on responsibility of complete management oversight of the company’s Ireland Farming Operations, seeking to bolster its reputation and position within the organic salmon sector.
“I’m proud, delighted and honoured to take over at the helm of Mowi Ireland at a very exciting time for the Irish aquaculture sector and a point of huge ambition for the finfish industry,” McManus stated.
“I look forward to building on the unwavering commitment and vision of my predecessor, Jan Feenstra and harnessing the opportunity which is set out clearly by Government strategy. The debate and focus around food security has heightened significantly of late and we believe that Mowi has a very important role to play in producing sustainable and high-quality protein from our oceans,” she added.
Mowi Ireland contributes more than €20 million to Ireland’s economy per year, with around 525 Irish suppliers doing business with the fish farming company. It is a subsidiary of the parent company, Mowi Group, which is headquartered in Norway, employing nearly 14,000 people globally across 25 countries.
The Irish branch has been in operation since 1979, where it started as Fanad Fisheries. It later entered into a 50/50 joint venture with Mowi, growing into the operation that exists today.