Unlocking sector capacity

Unlocking additional capacity for aquaculture development through innovative, evidence-based approaches.

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    Environmental DNA metabarcoding as an alternative to macrobenthic assessments (BactMetBar)

    Environmental DNA (eDNA) is DNA present in environmental samples such as sediment. eDNA can be extracted, sequenced and, by comparison, to databases, those sequences can be linked to taxa. eDNA metabarcoding offers an alternative to time-consuming, expensive traditional microbenthic analyses in the characterisation of sediments, that is quicker and more cost-effective.

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

    This project investigated the use of oils extracted from fish industry waste to produce ingredients such as detergents and foaming agents for use in industrial products.

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    Investigating sea cucumbers as bioremediators for salmon farms

    This project aims to bridge the gap between fish production and environmental conservation by bringing bioremediation to marine aquaculture.

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    ExPAND: Expanding Environments, Physics and Accuracy in NewDEPOMOD

    Accurate and reliable predictive modelling of benthic impacts of salmon farming.

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    Innovative rock anchors for aquaculture

    Developing an innovative new anchoring technology for the aquaculture industry to help enhance the sector’s environmental impact and support long-term sustainable growth.

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    Novel Approach to Monitoring Aquaculture Impacts (NAMAqI)

    Improved monitoring techniques for the measurement of sulphides analysis.

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    Developing DNA-based methodologies for seabed monitoring

    Development of a reliable, near real-time, alternative method of classifying seabed quality against water framework directive (WFD) standards to ensure compliance with regulation.

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    Increasing capacity for salmon farming in areas of high dispersion

    Better data on the benthic footprint of exposed sites; improved environmental monitoring and compliance; and increased production – both in terms of farming existing sites and developing new sites.

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

    AquaLeap aims to improve genetics and breeding for four UK aquaculture sectors including a large, advanced industry (salmon), and smaller or emerging industries (lobster, flat oyster and lumpfish).

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    EMFF 1: non-medicinal interventions and operational innovation

    Piloting non-medicinal interventions and innovative operational improvements in Scottish aquaculture

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    EMFF 2: driving sustainability and increasing capacity

    Driving sustainability and unlocking additional capacity for Scottish aquaculture


Dundee University: Aquaculture Industry & Academia Research Brainstorm

Distant fish farm

SAMS Aquaculture Industry and Academia Research Brainstorm


Aquaculture consortium goes with the flow on environmental monitoring

Mussels on ice

Seafood Innovation Fund Open for Applications