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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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AquaLeap: innovation in genetics & breeding to advance UK aquaculture production
AquaLeap: innovation in genetics & breeding to advance UK aquaculture production

AquaLeap aims to improve genetics and breeding for four UK aquaculture sectors includ...

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Aquawrasse: cleanerfish personality study
Aquawrasse: cleanerfish personality study

Ballan wrasse is one of the species used as cleanerfish in salmon farming. Their natu...

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Exploring the risk factors for Saprolegniosis outbreaks in salmon farms
Exploring the risk factors for Saprolegniosis outbreaks in salmon farms

Increased understanding of Saprolegnia and its causative factors, enabling Scotland’s...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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

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

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

Improved monitoring techniques for the measurement of sulphides analysis.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Spatial and temporal drivers of gill pathology in Atlantic Salmon
Spatial and temporal drivers of gill pathology in Atlantic Salmon

Unlocking the mechanisms underlying the variability in gill pathology, generating nov...

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Testing of novel health ingredients
Testing of novel health ingredients

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

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.