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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

09/02/2016: Top award for SAIC collaborative wrasse project

http://scottishaquaculture.com/
Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) celebrates its project partners’ success at the Scottish Enterprise Life Science Awards

A SAIC project has won the coveted Innovative Collaboration Award at the Scottish Enterprise Life Science Awards 2016.

The winning collaboration is a multi-party applied research project being conducted by the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling, led by Professor Hervé Migaud, with support from the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, leading salmon producers Marine Harvest Scotland and Scottish Sea Farms, and feed manufacturer BioMar.

Launched in June 2015, the 42-month project is developing the sustainable farming and deployment of wrasse, a 'cleaner-fish' used on salmon farms to control sea lice. SAIC awarded grant funding of £831 530 to the project, leveraging contributions worth UK£3.01m from industry and academia.

The SE Life Science awards recognise the leading organisations, people and projects in the Scottish life sciences sector. In a globally-recognised sector that employs some 35,000 people and contributes over UK£3.5 bn a year to the Scottish economy, competition for the awards is tough.

“The strength and expertise in Scotland’s life sciences sector is outstanding, so winning this award is huge,” commented Heather Jones, CEO of the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre. 
 
“And given that ‘innovation’ and ‘collaboration’ are probably the two words we most use at SAIC, we’re delighted that the award won was the Innovative Collaboration Award.

“But even more important than winning awards are the long-term impacts this project could achieve, including increased productivity on Scottish salmon farms and reduced use of medicines for sea lice control. These will deliver strong economic benefits for the Scottish salmon industry and Scotland.”

Lead researcher, Professor Hervé Migaud, Director of Research at the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture, said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this prestigious award and have thoroughly enjoyed working with industry to bring this project to life.

“Working collaboratively, the project is helping solve the bottlenecks limiting productivity and improves the quality and delousing efficacy of farmed wrasse. Knowledge gained from the project has helped fish farmers receive a beginning-to-end guide on the breeding and husbandry of farmed wrasse.

“The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre’s support and funding has enabled us to extend this project from proof of concept to the commercial environment. The impact of the research is proving to be considerable in both scientific and economic terms.”

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