Fo­cus on farm­ers

Salmon sec­tor will be able to en­gage with re­searchers

Fish Farmer - - Sspo Aquacultur­e Europe 2016 – -

The Euro­pean Aqua­cul­ture So­ci­ety’s an­nual con­fer­ence in Ed­in­burgh pro­vides an im­por­tant orum where Scot­land’s fish arm­ing sec­tor and Europe’s lead­ing aqua­cul­ture sci­en­tists can meet and ex­change the lat­est knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence and re­search.

The con­fer­ence is one of the more ap­plied aca­demic meet­ings in the cal­en­dar, and to sup­port its ap­plied fo­cus it has been or­gan­ised by a cross party steer­ing com­mit­tee, headed up by Dr Mark James (MASTS) which has drawn in­put rom the lo­cal in­dus­try.

From the SSPO and salmon farm­ing in­dus­try’s per­spec­tive, it has been im­por­tant to help guide the pro­gramme and struc­ture of the event to cover sub­jects we con­sider of key rel­e­vance, while ap­pre­ci­at­ing the act that this event re- mains, largely, an aca­demic con er­ence.

ey or the Sco sh salmon arm­ing in­dus­try is the broad range o themes cov­ered by the con er­ence pro­gramme, which not only in­clude pro­duc­tion but con­sider the en­tire value chain, with ses­sions on health, nu­tri­tion, cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, gov­er­nance, reg­u­la­tion and many more.

This di­verse pro­gramme is, there­fore, likely to be of in­ter­est to peo­ple rom many dif­fer­ent lev­els o our mem­bers’ busi­nesses, rom se­nior man­age­ment to those work­ing di­rectly on the arm.

It is also a great op­por­tu­nity for us to hear up­dates on some of the large Euro­pean projects cur­rently un­der­way, and in­deed those near­ing com­ple­tion, specif­i­cally projects that may have some rel­e­vance or Sco sh salmon armers.

We have never been shy in say­ing that, as a sec­tor, we are some­times frus­trated that the key out­puts of re­search are not re­layed back to the in­dus­try in a timely man­ner, and this con er­ence will hope ully help to ad­dress that and give salmon farm­ers the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage di­rectly with pro­ject teams.

We are also greatly en­cour­aged by the in­clu­sion o par­al­lel meet­ing events and work­shops, which will oc­cur out­side the main con er­ence talks. These are likely to draw in fur­ther in­dus­try in­ter­est as they are per­haps more ocused on op­ti­mis­ing best prac­tice and ex­chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ences among armers and sup­port in­dus­tries es­sen­tially dis­cussing what is hap­pen­ing on-the-ground’ to­day.

n par­tic­u­lar, we look or­ward to the cleaner fish meet­ing on Septem­ber 22. This will pro­vide an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to ur­ther strengthen the ex­ist­ing links we have with our Nor­we­gian col­leagues and will help drive for­ward best prac­tice in cleaner fish pro­duc­tion and use.

From an SSPO per­spec­tive, we are ex­tremely pleased that our chair, Anne MacColl, will be giv­ing one o the ple­nary lec­tures, on Fri­day, Septem­ber 23.

Farmed salmon re­mains Scot­land’s largest aqua­cul­ture sec­tor and, with a strong ocus on both do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, has or many years been Scot­land’s largest ood ex­port.

As such, it is ex­tremely im­por­tant that the sec­tor is well rep­re­sented at the con er­ence and Anne’s key­note pre­sen­ta­tion will help set a dis­tinctly Sco sh theme to the event. Anne will dis­cuss how in­no­va­tion has led to the evo­lu­tion o salmon arm­ing in Scot­land, how re­search has in­creased a ua­cul­ture pro­duc­tion and what our uture looks like in Scot­land.

Anne is also a mem­ber o the ision 2030 group, a cross sec­tor work­ing party which, over the course o the last six months, has been en­gag­ing with rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers to bet­ter un­der­stand Sco sh a ua­cul­ture’s de­vel­op­ment as­pi­ra­tions or the uture, specif­i­cally tar­get­ing 2030.

The pro­ject is near­ing its fi­nal stages, with its re­port due later this

Left and right: Pro­ject teams and salmon farm­ers will be able to dis­cuss re­search at the Ed­in­burgh con­fer­ence

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