Alongside the exhibition Aquaculture UK hosts a series of presentations to provide visitors with professional updates from the industry. The Conference tent will be next to the main marquee. Use the schedule below and the exhibition app to plan your visit.
Aquavation – the Ripple Sessions
Wed 23 May – 10 a.m. – 5pm Conference Tent
Join us, the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), to hear about how we’ve brought together industry and research to drive innovative solutions to industry-defined challenges within Scottish aquaculture.
CASE STUDIES The morning sessions will showcase some of the projects SAIC has funded, demonstrating what can be achieved when academia and industry join together with a shared aim. Audiences will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each case study.
Innovation and Commercialisation
The afternoon session will kick off with advice from the organisations offering funding on how to navigate and access grants and support. This will be followed by a session on how to protect your intellectual property in the market and a panel discussion with the expert voices – you’ll leave tooled up to take projects to the next level.
Finally, we’ve supported ARCH UK to give them a platform to share some of their projects with conference audiences. They will cover six topics;
- Health robustness in sterile triploid Atlantic salmon (Dr Lynn Chalmers, U of Stirling)
- Social licence for aquaculture in Scotland (Dr Suzannah-Lynn, SAMS)
- Screening for genetic resistant viral disease in Atlantic salmon (Dr Remi Gratacap, Roslin Institute)
- Cleaner fish (Dr Adam Brooker, U of Stirling)
- Showcasing lipidomics for mussel hatchery production (Alessandro Laudicella, PhD student )
- The future of seaweed farming in the UK (Dr Karen Mooney, Queen’s University).
Aquavation: The Ripple Sessions
10:00 – Welcome, coffee and snacks
10:30 – Hear from Dr Tom Ashton, Operations Director and Co-founder of Xelect Ltd discuss the findings from SAIC co-funded project, along with UHI and Xelect, to optimise molecular tools for shellfish selective breeding.
Dr Tom Ashton is co-inventor of the Xelect genetic markers and of the tensile method of texture analysis. He has broad experience in marine biology, aquaculture and molecular biology. Tom obtained a PhD from University of St Andrews in 2011, with a thesis entitled ‘The genetic basis of flesh quality traits in farmed Atlantic salmon’.
10.50 – Professor Brian Quinn shares insights from the collaborative project with Kames Fish Farm working towards a cheaper, faster method of monitoring and informing fish health practitioners on the health and welfare of their fish.
Prof Brian Quinn is an ecotoxicologist / environmental toxicologist investigating the effects of novel pollutants on both invertebrates and fish exposed in the aquatic environment. Currently a lecturer in Ecotoxicology in the University of the West of Scotland, his research is investigating the potential impact of microplastics in the marine and freshwater environment.
11.10 – Join Dr Bruce McAdam present the collaborative project with the Fish Vet Group innovating for Health and Welfare of Lumpfish in Hatcheries and Salmon Cages.
Dr. Bruce McAdam is an ecologist with an interest in numerical methods for analysing unusual data sources, ranging from long term historic data to archival tag data.
11.30 – Ronnie Soutar, now head of veterinary services at Scottish Sea Farms talks about the project he worked on in his previous role at Aqualife where, working with Professor Jimmy Turnbull at University of Stirling, they collaborated to improve cleaner fish vaccination methodology and technology.
10.15-10.45 – ‘Rapid diagnostics tools in aquaculture’
Simon Mason, Head of BioSystems, Fish Vet Group
FVG presents their new range of rapid and portable diagnostics tools to help monitor disease outbreaks and bio-security in an on-farm environment.
10.45-11.15 – ‘CleanTreat – innovative, effective and eco-friendly sea-lice treatment’,
Matt Haslam, Head of CleanTreat, Benchmark
The discharge of medicines into the sea post-treatment represents one of the biggest challenges to the global salmon aquaculture industry. CleanTreat by Benchmark solves this challenge by purifying treatment water prior to discharge. CleanTreat allows the continued use of high welfare medicines and therefore enables the development of new, more efficacious medicines whilst still safeguarding the environment.
12.30 Introduction to the session by Chair Jim Treasurer
12.40 Question and answer session with panel members:
- Carolina Gutierrez Rabadan, Marine Harvest Scotland
- Sonia Rey Planellas, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling
- Chris Hempleman, Scottish Sea Farms
- Richard Prickett, Dorset Cleaner Fish Ltd
- Andrew Davie, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling
- Allan MacMaster, FAI Aquaculture, Aultbea Hatchery
The question and answer session will be structured into four parts, as follows:
- Cleaner fish hatchery operations
- Best practice in cleaner fish deployment
- Health, vaccination and welfare
- Technical and research, including nutrition, genetics, etc
An opportunity to purchase signed copies of the book Edited by Jim Treasurer: Cleaner Fish Biology and Aquaculture Applications (2018) Published by 5m
Benchmark Knowledge Services will showcase our exciting new training courses for the aquaculture industry.
There will be a demonstration of modules from our course: Health and Welfare of Atlantic Salmon and advance information on our course Cleaner Fish.
Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their companies’ training requirements and to pre-register for places on either the online or face-to-face versions of these courses.
Chair Nigel Balmforth
Faculty of Biology, Ecology Department, University of Kaiserslautern
Environmental DNA metabarcoding is a rapid, accurate and inexpensive tool to monitor the benthic footprint of salmon farms.
Will dried sludge from Fish Farming become a Contributor or Competitor to the utilization of municipal sludge?
ARCH-UK Coordinator, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling
ARCH-UK: Opportunities for UK-wide collaboration, networking and ECR training in the field of aquaculture.
Elanco Animal Health
CLYNAV, the fresh hope in the fight against PD.