SAIC projects tackle urgent issues, introduce more sustainable practices, mitigate the risks for producers, and prepare the industry for the future

The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre has a number of projects and initiatives up-and-running or under development, including projects that are strategically important for the aquaculture industry and the Scottish economy.

In March 2015 we announced grants worth almost £950,000 for two research projects initiated by the salmon industry. The projects aim to boost the numbers, quality and welfare of farmed cleaner fish used in commercial salmon farms to control sea lice.

And not all of our projects involve funding. For example, read below about our SAIC Scholars Connect programme, which could draw talented students into the aquaculture industry in Scotland.

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Case study: SAIC conference grantsGill Health Initiative meeting 2017

Gill Health Initiative meeting 2017

Rosslyn Watret – an MSc student undertaking Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology at the University of Aberdeen – attended the Gill Health Initiative meeting in Bergen, Norway, with the help of two grants: one from her University which helped towards the cost of travel, the other from the Scottish Aquaculture […]

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Case study: SAIC conference 2015SAIC and its stakeholders set an agenda for 2030

SAIC and its stakeholders set an agenda for 2030

To mark SAIC first’s year, we held a major conference for the Scottish aquaculture sector in November 2015. As well as celebrating the launch of SAIC-supported projects that could transform the industry, we started to shape an agenda for the future growth of aquaculture in Scotland. The context Aquaculture is […]

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Case study: Feed workshopSAIC kickstarts feed collaborations

SAIC kickstarts feed collaborations

SAIC’s role is to use the strength of the research base in Scotland to address the aquaculture industry’s key issues. Bringing together researchers and businesses to identify applied research opportunities is one way we do this. In order to stimulate commercially-relevant innovation on sustainable feeds, we organised two industry-academic events […]

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Case study: Shellfish hatcheryTrial could lead to Scotland’s first commercial shellfish hatchery

Trial could lead to Scotland’s first commercial shellfish hatchery

SAIC and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are supporting a trial to test the commercial viability of a mussel hatchery in Scotland. The 30-month project could lead to higher productivity in the shellfish industry and support rural businesses and jobs. Other key partners in the project include the Scottish Shellfish […]

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Case study: Lumpfish projectsLumpfish projects could boost sea lice control

Lumpfish projects could boost sea lice control

  Two new research projects initiated by SAIC will increase the sustainable supply of cleaner-fish for use in sea lice control in the Scottish salmon industry. The context Salmon is Scotland’s single largest food export, with overseas sales valued at £500 million. An industry-wide challenge is the control of sea […]

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Case study: Vaccination projectFish jabs project set to deliver growth in the Scottish salmon industry

Fish jabs project set to deliver growth in the Scottish salmon industry

  The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) is co-funding a vaccination project to enhance the efficacy and welfare of cleaner-fish. By stepping up the ability to control sea lice using cleaner-fish, the project could boost production in the Scottish salmon industry. Involved in the project are Aqualife, Scottish Sea Farms and the […]

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Case study: Production of cleaner-fishScaling up production and implementation of farmed cleaner-fish in the Scottish salmon industry

Scaling up production and implementation of farmed cleaner-fish in the Scottish salmon industry

SAIC has kicked off an applied research project, worth almost £4 million, to upscale the use of farmed wrasse in commercial salmon farms in Scotland.

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Case study: Funding for MSc coursesFunding for aquaculture degrees will support Scottish commercial success

Funding for aquaculture degrees will support Scottish commercial success

In late 2014 the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre gained funding for 25 new taught Masters places in aquaculture in Scotland…

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