Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) celebrates a decade of its impactful skills programmes (February 2024)
The SAIC has boosted the skillset of almost 500 individuals across the aquaculture sector since the launch of its skills programmes in 2014.
Scottish salmon farmers pilot streamlined regulations (1 February 2024)
Scottish Sea Farms is the first of two salmon producers to submit a planning notification to help trial a new, improved process for farm consents.
Link to January 2024 issue of Fish Farmer
2023 Fish Farmer Yearbook
This contains Fish Farmer’s review of 2023.
Young Aquaculture Society (YAS) continues to gain momentum (January 2024)
YAS continues to gain momentum on its vision to help shape the UK aquaculture landscape. The official launch is set for Aquaculture UK 2024, supported by key partners including the SAIC, Roslin Institute, Moredun, Salmon Scotland, and the Scottish Government. YAS is committed to empowering and connecting aquaculture professionals at all career stages, driving innovation, and fostering sustainable practices. Individuals of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join. For more information email or fill in this Google form
Aquaculture for a thriving future (26 January 2024)
The Fishmongers’ Company held a highly successful conference on 30 November, which looked at how the UK can grow nature positive and economically sustainable shellfish and seaweed. The event brought together policymakers, scientists, researchers, NGOs, farmers and industry experts, with the aim of understanding how to kickstart the acceleration of the low-trophic aquaculture (LTA) industry.
Is a seaweed breakthrough at COP31 the sector’s last hope? (24 January 2024)
A research project to find solutions to the biodiversity crisis in global seaweed stocks has been launched by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) and partners in the UK, Asia and the United Nations University. The GlobalSeaweed Superstar project, funded by the UK’s Global Centre on Biodiversity for Climate (GCBC), will involve some of the world’s most prominent seaweed scientists and industry leaders.
Salmon sector expresses frustration with export red tape (23 January 2024)
Scotland’s salmon sector has expressed frustration over ongoing red tape which has now cost an estimated additional £12 million since Brexit.
New EU Reference Centre for the welfare of aquatic animals (17 January 2024)
The European Commission has designated that the fourth European Union Reference Centre for Animal Welfare, will specialise in the welfare of aquatic animals. The three existing EU Reference Centres for animal welfare cover pigs, poultry and other small-farmed animals, as well as ruminants and equines.
New Pike-perch module expands ASC species coverage (15 January 2024)
The ASC has launched a new pike-perch module, which aims to promote species diversification in the light of increasing demand for this fish species.
Sustainability-focused false-labeling lawsuits dropped after ALDI agrees to change farmed salmon marketing (9 January 2024)
Both cases had entered mediation with the goal of reaching settlements that would avert the necessity of going to trial.
RSPCA revising its farmed salmon standard (8 January 2024)
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has begun revising its farmed salmon standards in the face of mounting criticism of the industry. The standards are based on the RSPCA’s core “Five Freedoms”.
Policy and funding news
£14 million announced for Scotland’s marine and fishing businesses (29 January 2024)
Businesses in the salmon, shellfish and seaweed aquaculture sectors, as well as the fishing industry,are among the recipients of a further £14m of financial support from Marine Fund Scotland in its 2023/24 funding round. The funds will facilitate 91 projects, spanning a range of initiatives aimed at promoting innovation, sustainability, and reducing carbon emissions within the marine economy.
Scottish Marine Science and Strategy launched (11 January 2024)
Scottish Government has published new Marine Science and Innovation Strategy highlighting the crucial role of science and innovation in realising the full potential of the marine environment.
The Seafish Funding schemes for the UK seafood industry page provides information on grants and funds that are available to UK seafood and marine businesses.
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