Seafood expert joins Acoura as Strategic Adviser

Mike Mitchell

Seafood expert and former Director of Young’s Seafood, Mike Mitchell, has joined Edinburgh based Acoura, a leader in aquaculture and fisheries risk and compliance services, as a Strategic Adviser to the board.

Mike will use his decades of experience in promoting good stewardship of the seas, food integrity and social accountability in the commercial fishing and processing industry to further enhance Acoura’s worldwide market-leading credentials in the sector.

David Gregory, Chairman of Acoura said: “Mike brings a wealth of experience to the business and we’re delighted to welcome someone of his reputation and track record to the team. In addition to holding a Board role at the UK’s largest seafood processor, he’s been integral to a number of retailer Own Label and branded seafood sustainability initiatives and is the architect of some award-winning programmes.

“We’ve strengthened our team considerably over the last 12 months and Mike joins other advisers such as food safety expert Lisa Ackerley and Ton Christiaanse, an international authority on FMCG. His expertise and knowledge will be invaluable to us as we maintain and grow our position as the world’s leading provider of sustainability and food safety solutions in the seafood sector.”

Mike has worked in the fish industry since 1981 mainly focusing on Quality and Technical management and began specialising in Corporate Social Responsibility in 2005. He has held a wide range of operational roles in the UK, Europe and Scandanavia, is involved in a raft of industry steering groups and his theories were cited in the recent government review on the integrity of UK supply chains (The Elliott Review) as an exemplar of food industry practice.

He said of his new appointment: “I’m delighted to join an absolutely first class team. As the leading provider of risk and compliance services to the food sector, Acoura is a major presence in the seafood industry. Its work on BRC and Marine Stewardship Council certification, the Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme and Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation Code of Good Practice means it is already a significant player and I look forward to helping the team build on its global reputation for excellence in the marine sector.”