Projects

We channel our resources into the areas that will benefit the Scottish aquaculture sector the most, including reducing its environmental footprint and increasing its economic impact.

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Novel functional feeds for improved performance in Atlantic salmon based on nettle: with specific emphasis on immune function and resilience
Novel functional feeds for improved performance in Atlantic salmon based on nettle

This project demonstrates that Atlantic salmon be grown on feeds with nettle inclusio...

Completed
Artificial Intelligence approaches to improve diagnosis of gill disease in Atlantic salmon (AIGD)
Artificial Intelligence approaches to improve diagnosis of gill disease

Successful proof-of-concept application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies...

Completed
The use of a water treatment technology (CleanTreat®) to support Integrated Pest Management in salmon farming
The use of a water treatment technology (CleanTreat®) to support Integrated Pest Management in salmon farming

This project explored the use of a water treatment technology (CleanTreat®) to suppor...

Ongoing
Real-time modelling and prediction of harmful algal blooms
Real-time modelling and prediction of harmful algal blooms

Developing a real-time modelling and prediction tool to minimise the impact of HABs o...

Completed
Hemp by-products as a protein source for Scottish salmon
Hemp by-products as a protein source for Scottish salmon

This first look at sustainably sourced hempseed meal as an alternative protein source...

Completed
Developing a zooplankton challenge model for Atlantic salmon
Developing a zooplankton challenge model for Atlantic salmon

This feasibility study aimed to develop a lab-based challenge model, using lab-reared...

Completed
Assessing the use of cardiac biomarkers as a health management tool for early diagnosis of cardiomyopathy syndrome (CMS) in Atlantic salmon
Use of cardiac biomarkers for early diagnostic of cardiomyopathy syndrome

This project looked to identify fish cardiac disease biomarkers and develop a serolog...

Ongoing
Salmonid freshwater cage farming in a changing world
Salmonid freshwater cage farming in a changing world

This project brings together a unique freshwater aquaculture partnership to improve t...

Completed
Control of sea lice infections of farmed salmonids using hydrogen peroxide (Paramove®) at reduced salinities
Control of sea lice infections using hydrogen peroxide at reduced salinities

The overarching aim of this project was to establish guidelines for the safe and effi...

Completed
Low-frequency deterrent impact on non-target species
Low-frequency deterrent impact on non-target species

This project has provided evidence that there is no negative impact on non-target mar...

Completed
Establishing a sustainable supply and optimal deployment of lumpsuckers
Sustainable supply and optimal deployment of lumpsuckers

The lumpsucker (lumpfish) is one of the cleanerfish species whose natural behaviour i...

Completed
Testing of novel health ingredients
Testing of novel health ingredients

Securing the viability of strategies that bolster mucosal robustness and mitigate str...

Completed
Exploring the use of avian proteins in salmon feeds
Exploring the use of avian proteins in salmon feeds

Greater adoption of avian proteins; less reliance on imported feed products; sustaina...

Completed
Clinical nutrition and the treatment of Atlantic salmon gill diseases   (NAGD)
Clinical nutrition and the treatment of Atlantic salmon gill diseases (NAGD)

The development of diagnostic tools for the pathophysiological responses to gill dise...

Completed
Investigation into the causes of and possible solutions to failed rainbow trout in aquaculture
Investigation into the causes of and possible solutions to failed rainbow trout in aquaculture

A comprehensive assessment of failed fish by the incorporation of information on broo...

Completed
Improving Disease Resistance in Atlantic salmon and Rainbow trout to Flavobacterium psychrophilum
Improving Disease Resistance in Atlantic salmon and Rainbow trout to Flavobacterium psychrophilum

The development and application of a F. psychrophilum immersion challenge model in At...

Completed
Genomic breeding for gill health and lice resistance in salmon: towards improved accuracy and affordability
Genomic breeding for gill health and lice resistance in salmon: improved accuracy and affordability

Optimising genomic selection in salmon breeding to improve the accuracy and affordabi...

Ongoing
Gill Health in Scottish farmed salmon
Gill Health in Scottish farmed salmon

Identification of actions and measures that can be used to prevent, reduce, or treat...

Completed
Enhancing the health and welfare of lumpfish
Enhancing the health and welfare of lumpfish

Increased understanding of the use and performance of cleaner fish in farmed environm...

Completed
Developing mobile biomarker detection for seawater readiness
Developing mobile biomarker detection for seawater readiness

Better decision-making; improved fish health and welfare; reduced mortalities; plus,...

Project facts
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Investment

Total value of SAIC-funded/co-funded collaborative research to date: £70.9m

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Partnership

SAIC-funded research spans 92 different industry/academic project partners.

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Projects

So far, SAIC has helped fund 100 collaborative research projects

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Leverage Rate

Quadrupling return on investment by generating over £4 in industry and third-party funding for every £1 of public money

Industry-academic collaborations

Some of our projects have a lifetime of less than one year, while others are longer-term, multi-partner collaborations of up to three and a half years. Each project unites industry know-how with specialist academic expertise; something that SAIC works hard to encourage by helping forge the necessary connections.

Priority innovation areas

Our work is focused on catalysing and co-funding innovation in the areas identified by the sector as being top priorities. We call them our priority innovation areas – or PIAs for short.

Over the years, the industry’s priorities for innovation have evolved. Therefore, so too have our PIAs. This helps ensure that we continue to deliver maximum benefit from the combined investment being made. SAIC's three PIAs are 1: Finfish health & welfare, 2: Unlocking sector capacity, and 3: Shellfish and other non-finfish species.