‘Rip­ple ef­fect’ of £17.9m in­vest­ment in in­no­va­tion projects

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THE Scot­tish Aqua­cul­ture In­no­va­tion Cen­tre (SAIC) has fa­cil­i­tated 16 col­lab­o­ra­tive projects with a com­bined in­vest­ment of £17.9 mil­lion since it was set up in 2014.

This amounts to £3.60 gen­er­ated for every £1 of pub­lic money, said SAIC CEO Heather Jones, un­veil­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s progress re­port - In­no­va­tion and the Rip­ple Ef­fect.

SAIC’s role, she said, is to con­nect the com­pa­nies who farm Scot­land’s seas with the coun­try’s ex­cel­lent univer­si­ties – ac­cel­er­at­ing in­no­va­tion, strength­en­ing na­tional food se­cu­rity and sup­port­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship.

SAIC, which has an ini­tial fiveyear re­mit, has re­cently been pre­par­ing its case for a sec­ond term. In its re­port, SAIC said: ‘With the sup­port of in­dus­try and academia, we’re well on track to de­liver our five-year tar­gets.’

These in­clude 668 in­dus­try en­gage­ments, 100 ap­plied re­search MSc projects, 35 co-funded projects, and 110 in­dus­try ready grad­u­ates.

The SAIC spon­sored ini­tia­tives un­der­taken so far in­clude scal­ing up the use of cleaner fish; im­prov­ing cleaner fish vac­ci­na­tion; es­tab­lish­ing a sus­tain­able sup­ply of lump­suck­ers; en­hanc­ing the health and wel­fare of lump­suck­ers; ex­plor­ing ul­tra­sound tech­nol­ogy for de­lous­ing; and de­vel­op­ing feeds that op­ti­mise fish health and nutri­tion.

More projects are in the pipe­line for 2018, fo­cus­ing on gill health, im­prov­ing dis­ease re­sis­tance, and de­vel­op­ing bet­ter mod­el­ling to ben­e­fit both the in­dus­try and reg­u­la­tors.

The re­port can be found at www.scot­tishaqua­cul­ture.com

Above: Heather Jones,

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