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International Ballan Wrasse Conference - online May 27

SAIC, Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre, in collaboration with Argyll based Otter Ferry Seafish, is delighted to host the International Ballan Wrasse Conference, May 2021.

This virtual conference will provide an international forum for sharing knowledge and experience on the rearing, welfare and deployment of Ballan wrasse. It will be discussing producers’ standards and best practices, disseminating research findings, exploring future R&D priorities, and connecting producers, customers, academia and other stakeholders.

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More short term tie-ups announced for The Moorings, Malin House

The EMSP is pleased to announce that all the available co-working spaces have now been let within The Moorings suite at Malin House.

A year on from the original ‘lockdown’, this suggests that there is now growing demand for co-working suites in the Oban marine business sector. It seems whilst working from home is fine for a while, folk are now putting a greater value than ever on the social elements of sharing a workspace, such as the in-person connections and collaborative interactions so hard to replicate so easily on-line.

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Ocean Ecology Ltd opens office at the EMSP

Established in 2013, Ocean Ecology Limited (OEL) set out to work with the UK’s most forward-thinking organisations making use of and regulating the marine environment. It has since worked on a number of the UK's most significant marine infrastructure projects and with the majority of the UK government's regulatory bodies.

From its base by the River Severn in Gloucestershire, the company has just opened a Scottish office in The Moorings co-working suite at the European Marine Science Park.

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HIE announces £4.5million investment in EMSP

More than £4.5m is to be invested in expanding the marine enterprise cluster in Argyll, in a move that is expected to create more than 30 well-paid jobs.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has approved the funding for two new stages in its development of the European Marine Science Park (EMSP) at Dunstaffnage near Oban.

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Come and join the marine business community at Malin House!

From January 2021 we will have 2 large office suites to let in the marine business hub at the European Marine Science Park.

It’s not just the modern working environment you’d expect....

but a welcome abord the on-site marine science research, teaching and business community, anchored by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS/UHI).

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SAIC membership leaps as aquaculture targets innovative future.

SAIC – the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre – has reached a significant milestone in its membership base, as Scotland’s aquaculture sector increasingly looks to collaborative innovation to deliver sustainable growth.

Malin Group, the marine engineering specialist, and Isle of Skye Mussel Company – one of Scotland’s burgeoning community of seafood small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – have joined SAIC’s consortium, taking its membership beyond 150 organisations for the first time.

The consortium acts as a connecting point for different parts of the sector, including seafood producers, supply chain companies, regulators, and the public sector. Beyond aquaculture, sectors represented range from biotechnology, subsea companies, and equipment suppliers, to logistics firms and retailers.

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Scotland's Countdown to COP26 - on line conference 3 Nov

Scotland’s Innovation Centres have teamed up with The Herald for a special, one-day, online conference on 3 November 2020 to explore innovation, inclusive growth, cultural change around climate action, and ultimately, how collaboration could achieve national net zero targets.
SAMS researchers Dr Adam Hughes and Prof Michele Stanley will speak on blue economy themes.

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SAMS Researchers to investigate impact of ‘COVID-shock’ on UK seafood sector

The seafood sector incorporates significant processing and logistics operations within the supply chain, which begins with farming and fishing and ends with supermarkets, fishmongers and restaurants.
Analysis of the previous economic crash in 2008 showed huge implications for the seafood sector, which also needed a longer recovery time than other industries. There is also a great deal of uncertainty within the industry over a looming post-Brexit end to the transition period.

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£10 million insect farm funding a boon for aquaculture sector

A £10 million funding package to accelerate the development of the UK’s first large-scale industrial insect farm could provide a significant boost to the sustainability of the country’s aquaculture sector, according to experts.

The UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) announced the financial support programme for a research consortium to deliver a complete demonstrator system for the conversion of food waste into insect-based animal feed and biofertiliser. It will also prove that the farming of black soldier flies is economically viable, low carbon, and scalable in the UK, while validating its safety and efficacy.

Led by Entocycle, which uses insects to make ingredients for pet food and animal feed, the project involves a range of organisations from different sectors, including the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture, Cooke Aquaculture Scotland, and the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC).

The University of Warwick, Durham University, Tesco, Beta Bugs Ltd, AB Agri Ltd, Better Origin, ISCF Future Food Production Systems, Fera Science Ltd, and Insect Technology Group UK, are also supporting its delivery.

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