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Major Scottish seafood producers join SAIC board

31 January 2023   The Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has bolstered its board with a trio of new appointments representing three of Scotland’s major salmon producers. Joining the innovation centre’s board are Anne Anderson, head of sustainability and development at Scottish....

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Three themes to shape Scottish aquaculture in 2023

21 December 2022   Guest article by Heather Jones, CEO, Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) Over the past 12 months, uncertainty in the form of inflation, energy prices and the cost-of-living crisis have brought the need for change into focus across many....

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Offshore fish farm technology could quadruple Scottish production

08 December 2022   New technology to support seafood production in exposed offshore locations could unlock an additional £4.2 billion in turnover for Scotland’s aquaculture sector, following the results of a pioneering research project led by start-up Impact-9. The company’s Net9 system....

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SAIC lays ‘foundation stone’ for aquaculture to build a sustainable future

06 December 2022   The Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) is calling on UK aquaculture to embrace and further develop a new conceptual framework that could underpin a sustainable future for the sector. As part of her recent Master’s dissertation research at....

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Cleaner fish trial looks to AI and imaging technology to help pick best delousers

30 November 2022   A new video tool will reveal the best candidates for one of the most important jobs in salmon aquaculture, as researchers in Scotland explore how to pick out the bold and brave cleaner fish from the bashful.....

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Team Scotland gears up for Aqua Nor 2023

10 November 2022   A Scottish pavilion will return to Aqua Nor next summer, showcasing the nation’s blue economy expertise and offering aquaculture supply chain companies a chance to do business on an international stage once again. From 22 to....

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SAIC unlocks new funding to encourage innovation amid economic uncertainty

25 October 2022   The Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has opened a new funding call for collaborative innovation projects, helping the sector to continue with vital research and development as cost-of-living pressures rise. More than £500,000 will be split between successful....

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Aquaculture researchers developing ‘final piece in the puzzle’ for fish health

17 October 2022   Researchers in Scotland are developing a first-of-its-kind immunology tool for Atlantic salmon that could be the final piece in the puzzle for monitoring all aspects of fish health from a single blood sample..

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Scotland wins bid to host renowned international sea lice summit

06 October 2022   Organisers of the biennial International Sea Lice Conference have announced that Scotland is to host the next meeting in 2024, after a successful bid was led by the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC). The conference will bring together....

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Subsea sector provides a platform for new diving VR tool in aquaculture

29 September 2022   In a first for the aquaculture sector, a new digital platform inspired by virtual reality (VR) technology used in the subsea energy and oil and gas sectors is being developed to enhance the health and safety of....

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High time for Scottish salmon with new plant-based protein feed trials

22 August 2022   In a global first, a UK producer of hemp crops is taking its first steps into the aquaculture sector that could see the alternative plant-based protein source used as a key ingredient for Atlantic salmon feeds. Rare....

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SAIC bolsters team with new appointments and promotions

08 August 2022   The Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has appointed Jillian Couto-Phoenix as its new head of skills and talent, to lead its range of career development programmes and help attract the next generation of talent into the sector.....

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Underwater 3D imaging helps to give deeper understanding of seabed

08 August 2022   Experts in underwater imaging technology are trialling the use of a first-of-its-kind system that could see 3D digital models used by Scottish seafood producers to map out and monitor complex marine environments and habitats. Led by Oban-based....

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Aquaculture partnership named “Outstanding” by Innovate UK

14 July 2022   A partnership between Pulcea and the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture has received the highest possible accolade from Innovate UK for collaboration between business and academia, after being recognised as 'Outstanding' for its Knowledge Transfer Partnership....

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Aquaculture researchers secure £1mil+ funding to explore imaging technology and AI

07 June 2022   The Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) will support three new innovation projects that aim to deliver economic impact and reduce the environmental footprint of aquaculture, following its latest call for research initiatives. Valued at a combined £1.1m,....

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Scottish aquaculture industry warns about the growing risk of harmful algal blooms

31 May 2022   The Scottish aquaculture industry is embracing technology to support collaborative efforts to protect farmed fish from the potential impacts of harmful algal blooms (HABs), as climate change continues to influence the number and frequency of phytoplankton events....

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Project aims to show clear benefits of water purification system for fish health in Scotland

20 April 2022   For the first time in Scotland an innovative water purification system will be trialled alongside a medicine used to treat sea lice on salmon, in what could be a major boost for fish health and wellbeing. CleanTreat,....

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SAIC bolsters its board with two new appointments

21 March 2022   The Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has appointed Lisa Collins and Grant Stentiford to its board, bringing extensive scientific knowledge and networks, as well as combined experience of global sustainable food systems to support the innovation centre’s....

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SAIC projects to deliver £50million in additional annual turnover by 2026

23 February 2022   Projects funded by the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) will deliver additional turnover of £50 million per annum for the companies involved by 2026, according to new research. The economic impact assessment produced by Frontline Consultants and....

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Technology expert strengthens SAIC’s board

15 February 2022   The Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has appointed Chris Hyde, chief technology officer of Aberdeen-based marine technology specialist OTAQ, to its board of directors. The move will strengthen links and foster relationships between the aquaculture sector and Scottish....

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New research funding to give cleaner fish a ‘kelping’ hand

06 December 2021   KelpRing – the company behind a tool that mimics wild seaweed habitats – has received a £125,000 funding package from the Seafood Innovation Fund (SIF) to explore the benefits of using natural kelp hides on fish farms,....

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Returners programme enables aquaculture expert to spawn new career

01 December 2021   After taking a break from work to start a family, Bridie Grant, an expert in aquaculture reproduction and genetics, has been inspired through the Women Returners Programme to embark on a new career with the Sustainable Aquaculture....

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New funding call opens for sustainable innovation in aquaculture

23 November 2021   The Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has launched a new call for proposals for innovation projects that will help to increase the economic impact and reduce the environmental footprint of aquaculture. Projects must focus on an area....

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Pioneering pilot project aims to open up data opportunity for aquaculture

17 November 2021   An international consortium has begun a pioneering €1.3 million (£1.11 million) pilot project in Badcall, Scotland, that will accelerate the aquaculture sector’s digital transformation and support the drive towards enhanced sustainability, productivity, and operational efficiency on fish....

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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....

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SAIC launches new call for proposals

09 November 2021   The Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) works to increase the economic impact and reduce the environmental footprint of aquaculture. This includes offering grant funding for collaborative R&D projects to align with important sector challenges. SAIC’s Call 3 2021,....

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Microscopic villain could be the root cause for unexplained gill health issues

25 October 2021   Hydrozoans, more commonly known as micro jellyfish, are being closely monitored by Mowi Scotland to better understand how they affect the gill health of salmon, attendees at this week’s International Gill Heath Conference will hear..

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New project to more accurately model salmon farms’ environmental impact

20 October 2021   A consortium of organisations in Scotland is developing a more accurate way of predicting how salmon farms interact with their surrounding environment, helping to inform decisions on future farm locations, the development of existing farms, and enhancing....

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Researchers develop new rapid PCR testing system to detect oyster diseases

04 October 2021   Aquaculture researchers in Scotland are developing a PCR method that will help detect the presence of a range of diseases and biofouling species affecting oysters and mussels, in a project that could be a significant boost to....

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New project seeks to sharpen up cleaner fish vaccinations

31 August 2021   A team of UK researchers has received funding to optimise the formulation and delivery of a key vaccination given to protect ballan wrasse from disease, which could unlock the greater use of cleaner fish to control sea....

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