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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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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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Free business growth acceleration programme open for applications

Digital Pathfinder Accelerator – Fast track your business

With the world changing around us, is it time to reboot your business? Pathfinder is recharged and ready to support businesses across the Highlands and Islands to revitalise their thinking and thrive in a more digital environment. HIE is currently recruiting for the next programme which will start in late October 2020.

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New anchoring technology for aquaculture takes a leap forward

For the past year, tidal energy technology specialist Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd (SME); the University of Dundee; marine equipment supplier, Gael Force Group; and the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) have explored the feasibility of adapting a rock anchor approach from techniques used in marine energy sites to aquaculture.

With additional support from software provider Optum, the initial testing phase has been successfully completed and the results will allow the group to accurately predict the loads and capacity that rock anchors can bear in field trials. The findings will also enable SME to reduce the amount of material required to manufacture the anchors, leading to a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly product.

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