Peter Gilbert’s track record in aquaculture is impressive. Aged 40 he already has 23 successful years as a fish farmer under his belt. So far he has worked with trout, salmon, carp, catfish and sturgeon on farms all over the British Isles and Europe.
A keen fisherman as a youth it soon became apparent to him that he wanted a career that had something to do with fish. After leaving school he first completed one year Youth Training Scheme at Hooke Springs in Dorset, followed by two years of studies at Sparsholt College in Hampshire, where he acquired the Fish Farming and Fishery Management Diploma. Then he was off to work for several farms such as Fenetrange in France where he dealt with big carp and catfish, Moorland Trout Farms, a hatchery plus 100 ton portion trout farm in North Yorkshire, and Anna Valley, a fry and restocking farm in Hampshire. Finally, he achieved his ambition to become Farm Manager for Torhouse Trout Ltd – on of the biggest farms in the country at their Loch Awe site. Peter worked with a small dedicated team of seven, producing up to 1000 tons of portion size trout a year adhering to the exact parameters set by Scot Trout and Salmon and Quality Trout UK.