SAIC to fund industry-changing research on sea lice control27th March 2015

SAIC to fund industry-changing research on sea lice controlPhoto: Michael Russell MSP
Brood stock wrasse at the Marine Environment Research Lab at Machrihanish, resting in an artificial environment mimicking kelp beds: "a key part of the future of salmon farming in Scotland", according to Michael Russell MSP

The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre has announced grants worth almost £950,000 to two research projects initiated by the salmon industry. Combined industry and academic contributions to the projects will total over £3.4 million.

The projects aim to boost the numbers, quality and welfare of farmed cleaner fish used in commercial salmon farms to control sea lice. Direct economic impacts are expected to include increased productivity at salmon production sites, and reduced reliance on medicines to control lice.

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister of Scotland, said: “The Innovation Centres are Scotland’s distinctive approach to nurturing real-world collaboration between industry and academia that have the potential to create long-term economic growth. This announcement by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre encapsulates that approach. Through its support for these two important projects for the Scottish aquaculture sector, it has generated substantial investment and ambition from industry and researchers.”

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