A quest for adventure

Stuart Cannon was a farmer’s son, growing up in Lincolnshire. But he was keen for his own adventure, and read an article, while at agricultural college, about the first fish farms in Denmark. He found out about a placement trialling trout farms in Scotland, and went for it. Then, at the first ever aquaculture course at Stirling University, he met his friend Tony Dalton and through him Eddie Gully, who lived on the West Coast of Scotland and invited to him to stay. Nearly 50 years on and Stuart is still fish farming in his beloved waters at Kames Bay!

A passion for trout

Stuart loved fish, and most of all the trout, which he thought (still thinks!) is an under-rated fish. His first venture at Kames was to grow rainbow trout in freshwater lochs before migrating them to the sea. He realised that if you give them the space, the trout can create their own flow. He was the first in Europe to pioneer this technique, which completely changed the entire aquaculture industry.

Nowadays he only farms the Steelhead. Its strength and size, from swimming in the abundant space and clear oceanic waters, make it a truly exceptional fish.

The Kames Cage

Demand grew for the freshwater cages Stuart had built for his sea trout. We now build thousands of Kames Cages for fish farms, research centres and water companies all over the world, and have expanded into rafts for wildlife sanctuaries, gangways for marinas and more. Many of our original wooden Kames Cages are still in commercial use.

Kames Equipment

The expertise that grew from all this experimenting and study led to some interesting overseas adventures. In 1977 Stuart set up a farm to produce mirror carp in Lake Habbiniya in Iraq, and in 1984 he helped set up sea bass and sea bream farms in Greece.

Kames has chosen to remain very much a family farm, committed to producing an outstanding quality of fish and personal service, and sticking to our ethos of excellence, sustainable farming and community focus.

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