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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Georeferenced 3D photogrammetry: a tool for monitoring finfish aquaculture impacts on hard seabeds
Georeferenced 3D photogrammetry: a tool for monitoring finfish aquaculture impacts

Hard substrates are often highly complex, making them difficult to sample in, but the...

Completed
The development of diagnostic techniques to assess fish health and the impact of sea lice treatment in aquaculture
Development of diagnostic techniques to assess fish health and impact of sea lice treatment

This project successfully repurposed diagnostic technologies from human and veterinar...

Completed
Novel farming system to produce sustainable marine zooplankton protein for aquafeed
Producing sustainable marine zooplankton protein for aquafeed

This project explored ways to increase the availability of marine ingredients for the...

Completed
LPAS: Live Plankton Analysis System
LPAS: Live Plankton Analysis System

This project built and tested a Live Plankton Analysis System (LPAS) prototype that c...

Completed
Tubenet™ technology for sea lice control in Scotland (TUBENET-PROOF)
Tubenet™ technology for sea lice control in Scotland

Addressing specific scientific questions to fully understand the efficacy and impacts...

Completed
MARLIN AQUA: Sustainable energy access for offshore aquaculture
MARLIN AQUA: Sustainable energy access for offshore aquaculture

Exploring a modular approach to renewable energy generation in conjunction with aquac...

Completed
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
Virtual maintenance and training of fish farms through photogrammetry and virtual reality
Virtual maintenance and training of fish farms through photogrammetry and virtual reality

Virtual reality: bringing gaming technology to fish farm maintenance and taking train...

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...

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.