Thursday, November 19, 2015

19/11/2015: ‘Cleaner fish’ projects get £2.9m funding boost
One lump or two? (Image: Guttorm Flatabø)
A group of academic, government and aquaculture industry bodies have unveiled projects worth £2.9 million to increase the use of “cleaner fish” in the Scottish salmon industry, The Scotsman reports.

Led by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), the research will focus on lumpsuckers, a species that eats sea lice, a parasite that feeds on both wild and farmed salmon.

Salmon is Scotland’s largest food export, with overseas sales valued at £500m, and demand in the industry for species such as wrasse and lumpsuckers is high, due to research demonstrating their success in sea lice control.

The SAIC has awarded a grant worth £817,473 to a project – valued at £2.44m in total – that aims to establish a secure and sustainable supply of lumpfish for Scottish salmon farms. Other contributions are coming from five commercial partners – Benchmark Animal Health, BioMar, Marine Harvest Scotland, Otter Ferry Seafish and The Scottish Salmon Company – as well as the University of Stirling. Heading the research will be a team from the university’s Institute of Aquaculture.

Read the full article HERE.

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