SAIC to shine a spotlight on aquaculture careers as part of Lochaber Ideas Week
11 November 2021
Future talent that can drive innovation will be key to supporting the growth of Scotland’s burgeoning aquaculture sector: that is one of the underlining themes of next week’s Aquaculture Day running as part of Lochaber Ideas Week to inspire and inform people about the varied and rewarding opportunities in the sector.
Hosted by the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) in collaboration with the Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, the free one-day event on 17th November will highlight some of the sustainable innovations currently being developed by the sector as well as covering career prospects, recruitment challenges and opportunities.
Speakers include Tavish Scott from Salmon Scotland (formerly the SSPO), Isabel Vincent from the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) and Craig Fleming from satellite communications experts, R3-IoT. As part of the morning’s session on innovations for sustainability, Yusuke Yamasaki from Uhuru United UK, Chris Matthews from PHARMAQ Analytiq, Eduardo Jimenez Fernandez from Otter Ferry Seafish and the Agri-Epi Centre and Ian Carr from Veramaris will showcase current projects being explored to future-proof the sector.
Some of the topics to be presented include the global adoption of algal oil as a new source of Omega-3; how we can develop new apprenticeships in aquaculture; perspectives on fish health diagnostics; adding value to fish waste and reducing reliance on fossil fuels; and an introduction to Swansea University’s new Lumpfish Operational Welfare Scoring Index (LOWSI).
Anyone with an interest in aquaculture is invited to join the event, with the aim of highlighting the evolving skills required to fuel growth, as well as shining a spotlight on some of the emerging ideas and processes that could transform fish farming.
Mary Fraser, head of skills and talent at SAIC said: "Aquaculture is a thriving sector, offering careers in some of Scotland’s most remote and stunning locations. Encouraging new talent to consider getting into the sector and raising awareness for cross-industry collaboration with other professions is crucial to the future growth and development of what is one of Scotland’s most valuable and high-growth sectors.
"Through the Ideas Week session, we hope to raise awareness of the range of opportunities that can be open to anyone, whatever their background or level of experience. With the sector continuously expanding as the demand for sustainable protein increases, we need to ensure a regular flow of talent that can bring a fresh perspective and help to meet the sector’s ever-evolving requirements. To support that, it’s important that we show just how exciting the sector can be, with cutting-edge innovation and research shaping ways of working and helping to secure the sector’s future.”
Lochaber Ideas Week includes a week-long programme of events to inspire, educate and motivate the business and wider community of Lochaber and the Highlands. The slimmed-down, covid-safe event returns for 2021 after a two-year break and will bring business communities together not only to focus on and celebrate the power of ideas, but also to inspire and inform.