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Hugh Heraghty , Fish Farm Manager
Hugh Heraghty is Site Manager for Marine Havest's Organic Salmon Fish Farm in Co. Galway. Some key responsibilties of his job include ensuring safety at all times on land and sea and bringing the site stock to its best quality. Hugh has completed over 40 courses with Marine Harvest and BIM.
Maths - from calculating feed guides to ordering each load of food, six weeks in advance.
I left school before completing my junior cycle at the age of 15. Over the last number of years I have completed various courses, to name a few i.e. First Aid, Fish Welfare, Computers, Sea Survival and Supervisor course.
All aspects of my education / training to date have proven critical within my career. There are always aspects of it changing and becoming more advanced. To ensure I am up to date will all new aspects, Marine Harvest always ensure I under take the relevant courses and training.
In this field it is critical to have the most up to date information available to me whether it is fish nutrition, safety, or any other area; hence I am always willing to participate in any training that may become available to me. To date I have completed over forty courses between Marine Harvest and BIM.