SAIC champions importance of regional growth sectors to UK Industrial Strategy24th March 2017

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The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has given evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee as one of a panel of expert witnesses consulted on the recently published Green Paper, Building our Industrial Strategy. The Green Paper sets out the UK Government’s ambition to improve living […]

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£1m boost for aquaculture supply chain innovation13th March 2017

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A £1 million pilot programme to boost innovation in aquaculture in the Highlands and Islands is set to go ahead. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has approved the funding package and will run the programme in conjunction with the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC). The 30-month pilot is expected to […]

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Shellfish student wins Lantra Award for Higher Education2nd March 2017

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A PhD student undertaking a project in shellfish aquaculture has won the Lantra Learner of the Year Award for Higher Education, a category supported by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC). Kati Michalek, originally from Germany and now living in Oban, is undertaking her PhD study – part of the […]

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New innovation roadmap outlines pathway for Scottish aquaculture growth27th February 2017

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A new report on the innovation needs of the Scottish aquaculture sector was launched today at the first meeting of the Industry Leadership Group (ILG) in Inverness, attended by Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity. The report – ‘Scottish aquaculture: a view towards 2030’ – […]

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International drive to increase aquaculture SME innovation16th February 2017

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An international partnership met in Reykjavík today to scope out a new Aquaculture Innovation Network for the Northern Periphery and Arctic (AINNPA) aimed at improving innovation support for remotely located aquaculture businesses and, in turn, enabling demand-driven products and services. Supported by the Interreg NPA programme via the European Regional Development […]

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Applications now open for SAIC Scholars 2017/1831st January 2017

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SAIC Scholars Connect Plus is back for a third academic year, with up to 25 funded MSc places available to Scottish and EU students in 2017/18, as well as a host of career-oriented activities. Coordinated by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), and financed by the Scottish Funding Council, SAIC […]

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New industry course for first-time managers19th December 2016

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A new aquaculture-specific training course has launched, aimed at equipping first-time managers with the skills and knowledge necessary to be effective team leaders. The concept for the new course, entitled ‘Managing and Leading the Team’, was first developed at an industry workshop initiated by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC). […]

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Industry-wide support for a centre of innovation excellence, says study15th December 2016

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A scoping study into the concept of a centre of innovation excellence for Scottish aquaculture has found industry-wide support for the initiative. Commissioned by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), and conducted by independent consultant and respected industry figure Alan Sutherland, the study set out to gauge appetite for a […]

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Novel approaches to sea lice control receive £1.76m boost28th October 2016

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The drive to reduce sea lice and increase harvests of Scottish salmon has received a £1.76m boost, following a successful application to the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Coordinated by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) on behalf of 11 companies, the award will enable a range of alternative technologies […]

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Mussel spawning trials now underway at pilot hatchery5th October 2016

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Trials to get mussels to spawn in a hatchery environment are now underway at the NAFC Marine Centre at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). The trials are part of a two-year research and innovation project to test the commercial viability of a Scottish mussel hatchery; a multi-partner […]

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