The areas of interest of the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre include fish and shellfish health and welfare; feeding, quality and nutrition; breeding and stock improvement; and engineering.
Solutions and innovations that we support will introduce more sustainable practices, mitigate the risks for producers, and prepare the industry for the future. This will feed into bottom-line profitability for businesses, and positive impacts for the Scottish economy.
To achieve those aims, we carry out a range of activities, including funding industry-led projects; skills development; helping businesses and researchers make useful connections; industry advocacy; and sharing relevant intelligence.
Our priority work areas
To target our work most effectively, the SAIC Consortium identified four Priority Innovation Actions (PIAs) for our first phase of operations:
- Improved sea lice control in Scottish aquaculture
- Alternative sustainable feeds for finfish
- Rapid detection methods for viral pathogens and diseases
- Development of secure health-certified Scottish mollusc spat production systems.