CONFERENCE

Alongside the exhibition Aquaculture UK hosts a series of presentations to provide visitors with professional updates from the industry. Some of these are organized by the Aquaculture UK event team, and others by various institutions, exhibitors and companies.

During Aquaculture UK 2016 around 40 speakers presented on a variety of subjects, these included there extremely popular Aquavation sessions from the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC).

In 2018 we plan to host a new series of presentations. Details will follow early 2018.

AquaGen held an open seminar to present the latest results from collaborative R&D that raised the prospect of making a significant contribution to dealing with the economically most important challenges that are affecting the industry in the Northern hemisphere.

Elanco Animal Health provided a platform for entries to the Elanco Young Scientist Award. The three finalists then presented at Aquaculture UK before the judges selected the winning student.

  • Comparing different histological methods to detect Desmozoon lepeophtherii in the gills of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) – Ana Herrero, Moredun Research Institute
  • Investigation of harmful phytoplankton and stinging cnidarian jellyfish on Atlantic Salmon gill health and the bacterial populations present on this tissue. – Morag Clinton, Scottish Oceans Institute, University St Andrews
  • Bacterial management in the early life stages of farmed ballan wrasse – Antonio Chalaris, Institute of Aquaculture, Stirling University

Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) presented The Aquavation Sessions: Sharing Advances, Accelerating Solutions

Session 1: Towards Precision Farming
Dave Ross, Senior Researcher at SRUC and lead partner in Innovate UK’s new Agri-EPI Centre, along with Dr Mark Begbie, Business Development Director at Censis, revealed some of the precision and sensor-driven technologies being successfully applied by other sectors, highlighting their potential benefit to the aquaculture sector. The session continued with short presentations by three technology specialists from AKVA Group, Mohn Technology and VAKI.

Session 2: Engineering Non-medicinal Solutions for Sea Lice
Dr James Bron from the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture outlined the size and scale of the sea lice challenge, before Kjell Maroni, R&D Director for Aquaculture at the Norwegian Seafood Research Fund, took to the podium to present the latest non-medicinal technologies being used in Norway.

Session 3: New Industry Approaches
Dr Iain Young, University of Liverpool, presented findings from a three-year project to develop sustainable and cost-effective waste management technology for the aquaculture and agriculture industries. Dr Alan Tinch, Director of Genetics at Hendrix Genetics Aquaculture, unveiled an innovative new use of genomics for breeding more robust salmon and trout.

Session 4: Shaping an Aquaculture Centre of Excellence
Delegates were encouraged to have their say on the proposed new Aquaculture Centre of Excellence by joining an interactive session the feedback from which helped to shape a Centre for the industry, by the industry.

Benchmark Animal Health invited specialists from agriculture and crop science will share their learning from other production sectors regarding parasite resistance and control, and discuss how they can be applied to aquaculture.

  • In Situ Cleaning – What About the Fish? – Björgólfur Hávarðsson, Steen Hansen
  • AT~SEA Technologies: Bringing Seaweed Farming Up to Date – Dr Adam Hughes

Nigel Balmforth, 5m Publishing, chaired a series of presentations highlighting the Importance of Education & Training in Aquaculture

  • The Aquatic Resources of Swansea University: Facilities, Research and Working with Industry, Paul Howes, Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Research, Swansea University
  • Working Together – How the University of Stirling Institute of Aquaculture’s Education and Training Programmes Engage with Industry, John Bostock, Institute of Aquaculture, Stirling University
  • Distance Learning in Aquaculture and its Importance to the Industry, Professor Neil Hazon, St Andrews University
  • New Courses for Continuous Professional Development in Aquaculture, David Babington, Improve international
  • The Importance of Publishing in Aquaculture, Nigel Balmforth, 5m Publishing

Aquaculture UK were delighted to provide a platform for the following presenters:

  • Satellite-Based Water Quality Monitoring for Shellfish Farms to Support Management Decisions, Dr Peter Miller, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • Horizon Proteins: Making Whisky Grow Salmon, Dr Aboubakry Diallo, Horizon Proteins, UK,
  • Are Sea Lice from Salmon Farms the Scourge of Wild Fish?, Dr Martin Jaffa, Callander McDowell
  • Post-Smolt Production in Recirculation Systems, Ivar Warrer-Hansen, Inter Aqua Advance
  • Consumer Demand – It’s Not All it Seems, Dr Martin Jaffa, Callander McDowell
  • Genomic Selection in Breeding Programmes for Aquaculture, Dr Sergio VelaAvitua, Akvaforsk Genetics Center, Norway

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