About SAIC

SAIC is one of seven innovation centres introduced by the Scottish Government to drive growth in areas of key economic and social importance.

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Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre

Driving, sharing and nurturing innovation

Launched in 2014, SAIC is part of the Innovation Centres programme, which aims to drive innovation in key economic sectors.

SAIC’s mission is to transform aquaculture by unlocking sustainable growth through innovation excellence. This means we work to increase the economic impact and reduce the environmental footprint of aquaculture.

Connecting businesses and academics, we fund and support commercially relevant, collaborative research that aims to deliver solutions to key sector challenges. We safeguard jobs and revenue through projects that result in spin-out businesses, new markets, and increased productivity.

We also attract, educate and upskill the aquaculture workforce through funded university places and tailored training programmes.

We provide an independent voice, offering science-based insight and knowledge exchange.

Throughout our work, we strive for a spirit of support, agility, integrity and collaboration.

SAIC’s innovation programme is delivered through three key workstreams: Driving Innovation, Sharing Innovation and Nurturing Innovation.

Adding value to our sector

Connecting people and encouraging collaboration is at the heart of what we do. We connect businesses, researchers and other stakeholders, stimulating and supporting commercially relevant collaboration. This represents a very deliberate pooling of resources, designed to share the risk of innovative R&D, enable more businesses to invest in the areas that will help them grow, and ensure that SAIC’s public funding delivers maximum benefit.

Each project we undertake addresses one of our priority innovation areas. The overarching aim of each however, is the same: to deliver a tangible benefit to the sector and, in turn, Scotland, whether that’s enhanced fish welfare, increased capacity for producers, highly skilled new recruits, or fresh revenue streams. Our ultimate ambition is for Scottish aquaculture to be a stable, well-regulated, animal-friendly and scientifically robust industry that is of benefit to Scotland’s economy and its local communities alike.

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SAIC publications

Here, you will find all key SAIC publications in one handy place, along with our various governance policies.

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Innovation network

SAIC operates within a wide and intricate network of public- and private-sector organisations. We all work together to fund and facilitate innovation in the aquaculture industry.

SAIC is very well connected, and the chances are we can either help you directly or put you in touch with someone who can. Learn more about the wider innovation landscape here.

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