SAIC (the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre) works to transform Scottish aquaculture by unlocking sustainable growth through innovation excellence.
In the second of SAICís three-part webinar series, Sarah Riddle (Director of Business Engagement) and Sam Houston (Funding Manager) looked at the environment and its interaction with fish health and welfare.
Focusing on the marine side of aquaculture, the session involved a closer look at the surrounding compliance with the water environment (Controlled Activities Regulations), modelling and water quality.
SAIC then explored a select range of challenges and opportunities including environment monitoring, feed management, and harmful algal blooms, as well as parasite and health management.
Sam Houston, Funding Manager
Sam has a broad knowledge of
aquaculture and marine biology from seven years of study: an
undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from Plymouth University and an
MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture from the Institute of Aquaculture,
University of Stirling. With a PhD
from University of Stirling in fish nutrition, Sam joined SAIC initially
as a Project Support Officer and is now Funding Manger. Sam engages
with industry, academia and stakeholders to develop and maintain SAICís
project portfolio, all with the aim of driving and sharing innovation
for the benefit of Scottish aquaculture. His interests span sea lice
management, production technology, and sources of external funding.