PROGRESS ON DELIVERING SUSTAINABLE AQUACULTURE
Progress on delivering sustainable aquaculture welcomed by SAIC. Heather Jones, CEO of the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), said: “The management, control and prevention of sea lice is critical to the future of fish health and welfare in Scotland’s aquaculture industry and we welcome today’s progress on this important issue. The use of innovative and integrated methods will be critical to our success in the future and SAIC is prepared to continue its support of the industry’s efforts.
“We have seen a range of successes in tackling sea lice over the last few years, which have led to real progress and a noteworthy reduction in their numbers. However, there’s always room for improvement and we’re keen to hear from as many voices as possible – we all know there is still much more to do.
“Given the value of salmon to Scotland’s economy, it’s incumbent on all of us to work together and look for solutions. We will continue to encourage organisations involved in Scottish salmon production to share valuable insights and collaborate for the continued improvement in fish wellbeing, while also supporting the Scottish environment and wider economy.”
SAIC’s mission is to transform Scottish aquaculture by unlocking sustainable growth through innovation excellence. We invest in collaborative research projects in the areas of fish health and welfare, nutrition, shellfish production, capacity and sustainable industry growth. We also help grow the industry’s talent pool by supporting MSc and PhD places, internships and training programmes.
Food security is a key existential issue for any country. At a time of unprecedented change as the UK leaves the European Union, the value to Scotland’s economy of farmed seafood is the highest it has ever been, eclipsing the value of seafood caught by all vessels around the coastline of the UK. Farmed Scottish salmon contributes more to UK balance of trade revenues than any other single food product. Last year, global salmon exports generated £700m of income from industrial activity in Scotland in a sector that supports over 12,000 jobs, thriving coastal and urban communities, and multiple businesses throughout the supply chain.