New role for Jimmy Buchan

15 Feb 2017
Jimmy Buchan of BBC series trawlerman fame, is the new business manager at the SSA

Jimmy Buchan of BBC series trawlerman fame, is the new business manager at the SSA

The Scottish Seafood Association (SSA) has appointed Jimmy Buchan of BBC series trawlerman fame, as its new business manager.

Mr Buchan brings more than 40 years’ experience as a fisherman and skipper to the role which will see him support the association’s 70 members, representing them on policy issues and forming partnerships with other industry bodies. 

David Leiper, chair of the Scottish Seafood Association, said: “Jimmy was the natural choice for this post. He has always been a strong advocate and ambassador for the industry and he has a vast amount of practical experience and understanding of the catching and supply chains as well as the processing sector.”

“At a time when stocks are showing great recovery and with Brexit very much on the agenda it is vital that processors have a strong voice to safeguard the sustainable, long-term future of our industry.  Jimmy’s involvement in this will be invaluable.”

Mr Buchan added: “I am looking forward to taking up this post at a time when change and opportunities are on the horizon. I’m passionate about the industry so I was delighted to be appointed to the role and the opportunity it brings to continue to raise awareness of our world-class seafood.”

Jimmy succeeds Michael Bates, business development manager at the SSA, who will be taking up a new post as technical manager at Seafood Ecosse Ltd in Peterhead. He will however remain in post as SSA group manager for the MSC Group Chain of Custody Scheme.