Team

Our core team of professionals are respected global leaders in their respective fields providing turnkey solutions including advice and product supply.

Alastair Smart

Alastair Smart BSc. MSc. GradDipEd. GAICD.

Alastair is recognised internationally for his achievements in salmon harvesting and processing. He has a wide experience in over 24 years of working with different aquaculture species and different aspects of the farming process.

This is evidenced in his roles as musselgrower and founding President of the South Australian Mussel Growers Association and Scientific Manager of the Tuna Research Farm in Port Lincoln involved in nutrition and diet development, environmental monitoring and product quality. There have been numerous other species he has worked with including: crocodiles (diet development), yellowtail (harvesting, processing and product quality), barramundi (harvesting, processing, logistics and product quality), Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, coho and chinook salmon (harvesting, processing, benchmarking, kpi development and product quality).

In more recent years Alastair was instrumental in the pioneering development of low-stress harvest technology and methodologies for salmon and managed feed trial development units looking at pigmentation, growth and product quality while working for Marine Harvest in Scotland. In this role he gained the prestigious RSPCA Alastair Mews Award recognising the development of low-stress harvesting practices of the highest standard in the UK Agricultural Industry, including terrestrial species.

Alastair has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Botany and Zoology from Adelaide University, and a Master of Applied Science in Aquaculture from the University of Tasmania’s National Key Centre for Aquaculture. In addition, he has a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of South Australia and also has Graduated with a Diploma in the Company Directors Course from the Australian Institute of Company Directors to focus more on the provision of professional technical advice to boards, due diligence, M&A, as an external consultant and Director.

His key focus – “it can take 20-25 thousand hours of careful attention to husbandry and feed management to produce a farmed fish of 3-5kg and less than one hour to reduce that investment to well below cost by “saving” on staff training, technology and external expertise.”

Alastair is Managing Director of SmartAqua and a founding partner of Eachmile Technologies Pte Ltd in Singapore, and COO and founder of Fishcoin.

Alistair Douglas

Dr Alistair Douglas BA (Japanese). BSc Hons (Mar Biol). PhD.

Alistair holds a BA in Japanese, a BSc (Marine Biology) from James Cook University, an honours degree in Biology and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Flinders University of South Australia. At both an undergraduate and post-graduate level Alistair studied and researched his topics at the Hokkaido University of Education and the Tokyo University of Fisheries respectively.

His PhD research was entitled “Investigations into the Qualities of Farmed Fresh Southern Bluefin Tuna from Port Lincoln South Australia to Tokyo, Japan” and involved the collaboration of various research and commercial entities in both Australia and Japan. He has over 20 years of experience within the seafood industry as a researcher, consultant and trader owner through Seafood Services Japan and Transaqua UK.

Alistair is CEO of Eachmile Technologies Pte Ltd in Singapore and CEO and founder of Fishcoin. Alistair heads up SmartAqua’s Asian operations at SmartAqua Pte Ltd.

Alistair Brown

Alistair Brown BSc. BVMS. CertFHP. MANZCVSc. 

Alistair is an aquaculture veterinarian, with a special interest in finfish culture. Alistair qualified from Murdoch University in 1987 and began working in the aquaculture industry in 1991, when he took a veterinary position with Marine Harvest Scotland. In 1995, he obtained the Certificate in Fish Health and Production from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK. In 1998, he returned to Australia to work for an abalone farming company. In 1999, he obtained membership in the Australian and New Zealand Veterinary College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in the subject of aquatic animal health. In 2000, he set up Aquatic Veterinary Services, and has consulted to some of Australia and New Zealand’s largest aquaculture companies.

Alistair has been with SmartAqua since inception and has a reputation for attention to detail and careful husbandry, and he also helps out injured Australian native animals in his spare time.

Sam Bowman

Sam Bowman BSc.

Sam Bowman has 30 years of management experience in the seafood industry in North America, Europe and Asia in various roles including: CEO, President, Marketing Manager, Sales Manager, and Consultant. His experience includes both shellfish and finfish aquaculture technology with an emphasis on strategic planning, marketing and business development. Sam is a seafood supply chain expert, a brand marketing specialist, and he has extensive experience in product development and value-added processing.

Sam is also a past president of the BC Shellfish Growers Association, a former Board member of the BC Salmon Farmers Association, and a former Board member of AquaNet, Canada’s Network for Centres of Excellence for Aquaculture Research. He has worked in senior management positions for both start-ups and multinational companies, including the world’s largest aquaculture company, Nutreco, and the world’s largest salmon aquaculture producer, Marine Harvest.

Sam also has experience working with First Nations aquaculture, was a finalist and presenter at the 2015 Fish 2.0 Sustainable Seafood Competition at Stanford University, and won a Forty-Under-Forty Achievement Award, selected as one of Vancouver’s top 40 businessmen under the age of forty.

Sam has also received recognition for his pioneering work in the seafood industry as an Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, and as a recipient of both a BC Export Award and Canada Export Award.

Joseph Tuma

Joseph Tuma BA (Int Marketing/ Japanese). 

Joseph is Managing Director – Alphatech Aquaculture Australia Pty Ltd (Australia) Director – Aquad Ventures Sdn Bhd (Malaysia) and Associate Partner SmartAqua

Joseph, a dual-national Australian/American, has been working and living in North East and South East Asia for more than 35 years including 20 years in Japan, 10 in Indonesia, 3 in the Philippines and 5 in Malaysia. He graduated with degrees in international marketing and Japanese language from Sophia University in Tokyo.

Through his professional work in Japan, Joseph gained an in-depth understanding of advanced fluidic control systems used in numerous high and low tech industries. Since 2000, Joseph has been focussed on aquaculture industry development, particularly in the Asian region.

In 2002 he founded Alphatech Aquaculture Australia Pty Ltd, which initially operated a hatchery/nursery for Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) barramundi at a RAS facility the company developed in near Adelaide, South Australia. Over the years the company moved into consultancy work with numerous international seafood producers and aquaculture specialists in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and Japan.

Principal areas of expertise include assisting customers evaluate, design and select the most appropriate recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) for broodstock, hatchery, nursery and growout facilities for both freshwater and marine water environments.

For several years Joseph was based in Malaysia, representing one of the world’s leading RAS equipment and technology suppliers. He was instrumental in securing a contract with Department of Fisheries Malaysia to construct a multi-million dollar modern RAS broodstock/hatchery/nursery complex for tropical marine water finish. Completed in 2010, it is now in production with a capacity of 5 million fry annually. He continues his involvement in Malaysia with the development of additional large scale commercial RAS operations.

Joseph fully understands that for an aquaculture project to be financially successful, every operation requires meticulous evaluation and detailed attention. He recognises and appreciates that customer service in the aquaculture industry is 24/7 by definition.

Glenn Shiell

Dr Glenn Shiell – BSc Hons. PhD. BMT

Glenn is a PhD qualified marine ecologist with approximately 14 years of research and consulting experience in the fields of marine and freshwater science. Glenn is a Senior Environmental Advisor at SmartAqua, an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University, and an Associate Principal and Quantitative Ecologist at BMT.

As SmartAqua’s exclusive environmental partner, Glenn together with the support of BMT offer industry leading skills in the design and implementation of baseline surveys, and a strong track-record in the development of EIAs and environmental management plans (EMPs) for the aquaculture industry.

Dr Shiell comments “The sustainable development of coastal aquaculture requires a clear understanding of the level of output waste (faeces, excess feeds and inorganic nutrients), stocking densities and hydrodynamics, together with an appreciation of the receiving environment, including water quality, sediment quality and benthic habitats.

In support of this, BMT has the necessary skills and experience to safely execute technical studies, and to develop hydrodynamic and ecological models for the purpose of predicting the potential impacts of aquaculture. In turn, BMT use the outputs of these studies to inform and develop fit-for-purpose environmental management strategies.”

BMT offer the following environmental services related to the seafood industry:

  • Baseline studies and EMPs – Our recent experience includes the development of an EMP for a customer in Western Australia’s Kimberley region, and the design and implementation of large baseline water and sediment quality monitoring programs in support of the State’s biggest aquaculture EIAs.
  • EIA – BMT has an excellent understanding of aquaculture EIA, and has provided technical advice to Western Australia’s largest aquaculture projects, including the Kimberley and Mid-West aquaculture strategic assessments.
  • Environmental thresholds – BMT Oceanica has extensively reviewed the aquaculture literature and worked with proponents to develop a suite of practical environmental indicators and triggers for managing the potential impacts of aquaculture.
  • Environmental modelling – BMT has a strong track record in designing hydrodynamic and ecological models using the highly regarded TUFLOW and Aquatic Ecodynamics models and have managed large projects in the United Arab Emirates. Coupling of these models allows for assessments of the extent of aquatic ecosystem impacts and the rates of recovery following fallow periods.
  • Spatial sciences – Our team of GIS and remote sensing specialists produce spatially accurate benthic habitat maps using geo-rectified satellite imagery in association with data collected in situ. These techniques have been used in support of decisions regarding placement of aquaculture sea-cages.
  • Project management and field operations – The combination of BMT’s staff expertise, experience and efficient management systems has successfully delivered outstanding project management, data analysis and reporting outcomes across a number of small and large aquaculture proposals for numerous customers.
  • Biostatistics and survey design – BMT understands that effective survey design and biostatistical theory are intrinsically linked. To cater for this, we offer the specialist services of the Environmental Statistics Group (ESG), an experienced group of aquatic ecologists with industry-leading expertise in biostatistics and monitoring program design. The ESG have an impressive track record of providing expert advice to regulators, clients and consultants.
  • Diving and use of ROVs – Apart from our extensive experience in execution of commercial diving operations, BMT has capacity to deploy Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROVs). Depending on the project, ROVs represent an effective solution, often leading to cost reductions and overall improvements in safety. The ROVs are especially well suited to deep-water (>30 m) operations.
Paula Sylvia

Paula Sylvia BSc, MSC, MBA

Paula has a long and illustrious career working with and caring for hundreds of aquatic animal species which began as a diver in the Fisheries Department at the New England Aquarium. Paula has “the blue thumb”.

Currently, Paula is the Offshore Aquaculture Program Manager/Business Development Director for the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute. She joined the Institute in 2000 to assist in managing a variety of programs and projects designed to promote the development of offshore aquaculture in the United States.

Prior to her work at Hubbs-SeaWorld and before obtaining her M.Sc. at the University of Stirling, Institute of Aquaculture in Scotland, she spent much of her professional career working in both the research and commercial sectors of the tuna aquaculture industry in the United States, Canada, Australia, Spain, Greece and Mexico. She has applied her offshore experience to the southern California, U.S., and Baja California, Mexico region, with a focus on a variety of regionally important species suitable for commercial production in the offshore environment.

Paula lives in San Diego with her handsome son, Liam Michael.

Elvin Bugge

Elvin Bugge

Elvin is the main shareholder and founder of the companies in Aquatiq. He is involved in most of the major projects that are carried out by the Aquatiq group of companies.

Elvin is best known for his knowledge related to the prevention and elimination of Listeria in the seafood production environment, and hygienic design. He is a member of the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group’s [EHEDG] Fish Processing Working Group.

Elvin is a chemistry engineer and is located at the company’s head office in Lillehammer.

Clive Talbot

Clive Talbot BSc (Hons) PhD

Clive obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1980. Since then he has accumulated over 30 years’ experience in aquaculture, first as an academic researching various aspects of salmon physiology and later doing applied nutrition and husbandry R&D at the Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre and the Marine Harvest Technical Centre. This work has given Clive considerable international experience in the farming of many economically important species in Asia, Oceania, North and South America, and throughout Europe. His expertise covers a number of areas including:

  • Improving economic results through statistical analysis and interpretation of production data to identify causes of sub-optimal performance, and implementation of remedial actions including staff training, especially in the area of feeding management and FCR control.
  • Mathematical modelling of fish growth and other production data. These models form the basis for practical tools used in production and resource planning, and other decision support systems related to both long term business modelling and daily farming operations.
  • Management of research projects including planning, data analysis and reporting, and implementation of results.
  • Independent advice on fish nutrition.
  • Audits of production data for insurance claims and providing objective, evidence-based expert witness testimony in litigation cases.
  • Informing management decisions based on reviews of the published scientific literature.
Ian Armstrong

Ian Armstrong BSc

A native of Scotland, Ian has specialised in the farmed Atlantic salmon industry since graduating from the University of Edinburgh in Wildlife & Fisheries Management more years ago than he cares to remember. With 12 years of salmon farm management with Marine Harvest in Scotland & Chile behind him Ian decided to broaden his experience by running processing plants in Scotland for Marine Harvest and Scottish Seafarms for a further 8 years.

Encountering Elvin Bugge at Aqua Nor in 1995 he used the expertise of Aquatic to successfully control Listeria monocytogenes in both these factories.

The ISA crisis of 1998 provided the catalyst for a new system of wellboat harvesting, and South Shian became the first location to demonstrate the benefits of slowly chilling salmon prior to harvesting. Ian subsequently introduced similar harvesting technology to Marine Harvest Scotland & The Scottish Salmon Company.

With the Scottish harvesting market saturated, a joint venture with Aquatic Concept Group was the logical next step to take. Using their knowledge of wellboats in Norway & Scotland the Aquatic company Aqua Pharma has successfully reintroduced Paramove as a tool for the control of sealice.

Ian is now working on a number of innovative projects in Aquaculture through his company Pulcea as well as Nevis Marine.

Ross Blake

Ross Blake BSc. MSc.

Ross has a background in hydrogeology, sedimentology and marine geology, graduating with a BSc from the School of Geological Sciences, Kingston University, followed by a Masters Degree from the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling.

He has a penchant for fish behaviour and feeding systems and has spent countless hours working with Aquasmart and Storvik adaptive and centralised feeding systems for both marine and land based facilities. This has given him a solid foundation in fish nutrition and biometrics development, as well as complete farm and inventory control.

A diligent and tireless leader with substantial experience in management of aquaculture projects including RAS systems in remote and challenging environments throughout Libya, Tunisia, Malta, Pakistan, Morocco, France, and the UK. Ross has over 20 years of experience in mineral resources and aquaculture ventures. He has key experience in algae, octopus, tuna, tilapia, (cyprinids), (eels), trout and salmonids, seabass, seabream, cod, turbot and halibut.

Ross is very well connected with investment groups and government leaders worldwide and leads by example, striving for transparency and effective communication across all operational levels to optimise business performance outputs.

Described by some as a ‘visionary’ raconteur, he has the ability to transcend all cultural and social boundaries and is truly an international aquawarrior.

Gopinath Nagaraj

Gopinath Nagaraj BSc (Hons,) M. Aqua, Post Masters Cert Fish Hatchery Man.

Gopinath Nagaraj is a fisheries and marine environmental aspects specialist with a wide experience in the sustainable development and management of living aquatic resources. He obtained his first degree in Aquatic Biology and Fisheries Management from University of Science, Malaysia, and his tertiary degrees from University of Philippines and Auburn University, Auburn University, United States.

He joined the Department of Fisheries, Malaysia in 1978 where he served, among other positions, as a former head of the Marine Fisheries Training Centre and a state Director of Fisheries before leaving in 1994. He then joined Syndel Asia Sdn. Bhd., a leading distributor of aquatic pharmaceuticals as its Managing Director and is the currently the Principal Consultant in FanLi Marine and Consultancy Sdn. Bhd., a leading fisheries and aquaculture consultancy company based in Malaysia.

Mr. Gopinath Nagaraj has had over 30 years of experience in the Malaysian fisheries and aquatic environmental industry. He has been involved in a wide spectrum of fisheries, aquaculture and marine environmental studies. Among these include Development of the Codes of Practice for Environmentally Sustainable Shrimp Farming and Cage Culture of Marine Fish in Malaysia (Department of Fisheries), fisheries and aquaculture development in Rural Growth Areas in Sarawak (State Planning Unit, Sarawak) and was a key contributor in the Fisheries Development Study in Malaysia (Economic Planning Unit) where he investigated issues relating to Tilapia Farming, Cockle Farming, Inland Fisheries, Recreational Fisheries, Aquarium Fisheries and Research and Development.

In addition, he was also involved in aquaculture development and feasibility studies as the Aquaculture Consultant for the Establishment of a Mollusk Hatchery in Malaysia (Ministry of Agriculture), Establishment of Marine Shrimp/Fish Farming Complexes at the HIP-ZIA Areas at Kg. Merchong, Kg. Kedaik and Kg. P. Permatang Pauh, Pahang (Ministry of Agriculture), Feasibility Study of Lobster Farming in Sarawak (Department of Agriculture, Sarawak), Malaysian Tuna Aquaculture Industry Development Study (Department of Fisheries) and Freshwater Aquaculture Industry Study in Sg. Selangor Basin (WWF-Malaysia) and Technical Audit of Existing Shrimp Farm at Carey Island, Kuala Langat, Selangor.

The list goes on and the above description is a brief snapshot of only some of the work Gopinath has been involved with in his busy career to date. He also has over 30 publications to his credit and has edited or published over 5 books on marine environment and fisheries in Malaysia. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Central Institute for Fisheries Education (CIFE), India, a registered EIA and Subject Consultant with the Department of Environment, Malaysia, and a registered EIA Consultant with the Natural Resource and Environmental Board (NREB) Sarawak.

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