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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Fish oil waste source for the production of bio-based surfactants
Fish oil waste source for the production of bio-based surfactants

This project investigated the use of oils extracted from fish industry waste to produ...

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
Improving cleaner fish vaccination
Improving cleaner fish vaccination

Improved survivability and efficacy of cleaner fish on Scotland’s salmon farms, with...

Ongoing
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...

Ongoing
Increasing capacity for salmon farming in areas of high dispersion
Increasing capacity for salmon farming in areas of high dispersion

Better data on the benthic footprint of exposed sites; improved environmental monitor...

Completed
Innovative rock anchors for aquaculture
Innovative rock anchors for aquaculture

Developing an innovative new anchoring technology for the aquaculture industry to hel...

Completed
Investigating sea cucumbers as bioremediators for salmon farms
Investigating sea cucumbers as bioremediators for salmon farms

This project aimed to bridge the gap between fish production and environmental conser...

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
KelpRing: natural kelp hides for cleanerfish
KelpRing: natural kelp hides for cleanerfish

KelpRing is an innovative new product to support the successful use of cleaner fish (...

Ongoing
Live plankton analysis system (LPAS)
Live plankton analysis system (LPAS)

Salmon farmers face significant challenges from various forms of plankton and algae....

Ongoing
Novel Approach to Monitoring Aquaculture Impacts (NAMAqI)
Novel Approach to Monitoring Aquaculture Impacts (NAMAqI)

Improved monitoring techniques for the measurement of sulphides analysis.

Ongoing
Optimising freshwater health interventions in seawater salmon production
Optimising freshwater health interventions in seawater salmon production

This field-based project focuses on improving best practice for treating fish showing...

Completed
Piloting a commercial mussel hatchery
Piloting a commercial mussel hatchery

A reliable source of mussel spat; higher yields; increased export opportunities; and...

Completed
Researching the technologies and processes required for a commercial mussel hatchery
Technologies and processes for a commercial mussel hatchery

Increased productivity; higher yields; greater market share for the Scottish mussel s...

Ongoing
Robust-Smolt: impact of environmental conditions on fish health and welfare
Robust-Smolt: impact of environmental conditions on fish health and welfare

The rapid expansion of the salmon farming sector has been made possible through the a...

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
Scaling up the use of cleaner fish
Scaling up the use of cleaner fish

Increased harvest volumes of salmon and reduced reliance on medicinal controls, with...

Completed
Serum biomarkers for early diagnostics of cardiomyopathies: field and challenge assessment
Serum biomarkers for early diagnostics of cardiomyopathies: field and challenge assessment

This project aims to develop a simple and cost-effective mass testing tool that could...

Completed
Simulating in vitro Atlantic salmon intestinal microbiome system
Simulating in vitro Atlantic salmon intestinal microbiome system

A go-to diagnostic system for testing new feeds prior to in vivo trials, providing de...

Project facts
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Investment

Total value of SAIC-funded/co-funded collaborative research to date: £60m

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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 76 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.