Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to invest in Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre.
Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre has secured a £10 million funding deal to carry it forward over the next five years in its Phase 2 of operations. It is expected to be supplemented by £3.5 million from third party grants and income generated from the sale of its own services.
SAIC plans to grow innovation in aquaculture by bringing multiple partners together from across the UK, and to be able to leverage more funding. There will be a focus on engaging with small businesses.
There will also be more work with undergraduates and schools to help raise awareness of the many career opportunities in aquaculture. SAIC will continue to back the Women In Aquaculture network as part of this development strand.
A total of £50,000 is being invested to help increase the number of women working in Scottish aquaculture.
The funding will deliver a mentoring scheme to support women already working in the sector to develop their careers, and a website to promote aquaculture and job opportunities to women.
The Scottish Government will provide £20,000 to Women in Scottish Aquaculture (WiSA), with a further £30,000 of industry sponsorship. In 2018 only 11% of salmon farm workers and 15% of shellfish farm workers were women.
Scientists taking part in the largest-ever Arctic expedition will use technology developed by SAMS Research Services Ltd (SRSL), to measure sea ice melting.
The German Research Vessel Polarstern has arrived in the Arctic where it will lock itself in the sea-ice and drift for an entire year. Hundreds of scientists will visit the ship in that time to use it as a base from which to study the climate.
As part of the research activity, polar scientists will deploy up to 18 hi-tech devices, developed by SRSL, known as Sea Ice Mass Balance Arrays (SIMBA), which can remotely measure the location, thickness and the melting rate of sea ice.
CuanTec Ltd, the blue biotech company based in Motherwell and Oban, has completed an investment round with Sky Ocean Ventures and Scottish Enterprise that will enable them to process at pilot production scale and finalise their formulations. The investment will also create new jobs at the CuanTec lab at the European Centre for Marine Biotechnology at the EMSP on the outskirts of Oban.
CuanTec Ltd extracts chitin from shellfish waste. Using a clean, energy-efficient method, they then convert this chitin into chitosan, which is used to manufacture an antimicrobial, compostable bio-plastic, directly addressing the problems of plastic pollution and food waste in the world.
It is widely reported that up to 120 million tonnes of plastics are reaching the oceans every year. This March, Sky announced an impact investment fund, Sky Ocean Ventures, to support early stage businesses and start-ups working on scalable solutions to this growing threat to the environment. Oceanium, based at the European Marine Science Park, is one of 10 successful projects to benefit from this new funding.
The BBC Alba 'Trusadh' documentary, 'Toradh na Mara' explores the challenges of creating a balance between Scotland's ever growing aquaculture industry and the environment.
The programme is available on BBC iPlayer for a limited amount of time.
Worth a watch - you may even see some well-kent faces, as a number of Argyll aquaculture businesses and research projects are featured.
See below for the link.
The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has managed to secure a stand at the heavily over-subscribed aquaculture exhibition, Aqua Nor, Trondheim, Norway on August 20 and 21. This is an important meeting place for the aquaculture industry takes place very second year. It is the world’s largest aquaculture technology exhibition, with attendance from worldwide fish farmers, suppliers, researchers and officials.
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