Aquaculture analysis to obtain funding increase in 2024

INNOVATIVE aquaculture initiatives are set to learn from funding for analysis into fish well being and wellbeing initiatives in 2024.

With a mixed whole worth of greater than £860,000, the funded initiatives have secured over £300,000 from the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) with further assist being supplied by business companions.

Analysis will kick off in early January, or earlier than, with every of the seven profitable initiatives focusing on a summer season completion date.

Included are initiatives targeted on gill well being in Atlantic salmon, parasite administration, and managing or stopping illness via immunisation and vaccinations.

Aerial view of coast by Appin with views over Shuna Island and Arnamurchan
Aerial view of the coast by Appin with views over Shuna Island and Arnamurchan, Scotland

Plenty of the initiatives chosen are extensions of earlier analysis supported by SAIC, with groups making use of for a funding increase to take ideas to the following stage.

The centre’s crew of specialists and Unbiased Scientific Panel assessed the functions, and all matched the standards for its outlined priorities round fish well being and welfare.

Earlier this 12 months, SAIC introduced it had reached the milestone of 100 funded aquaculture innovation initiatives.

The mixed worth of the work up to now has reached almost £71 million and concerned 92 undertaking companions from academia and the sector.

Heather Jones, CEO of SAIC, mentioned: “Continued enhancements in finfish well being will underpin the sector’s sustainable future, make an enormous distinction to the survivability and wellbeing of fish, and assist seafood producers to offer a nutritious protein supply that may feed generations to come back.

“We’re happy to be supporting additional collaboration that might see a spread of analysis ideas translated right into a business actuality.

“Scotland has an excessive amount of experience and expertise in aquaculture and in connecting these with our world-class analysis establishments, we are able to make constructive modifications to methods of labor.”