SAIC to support aquaculture recovery through new innovation fund

Aerial view of coast by Appin with views over Shuna Island and Arnamurchan, Scotland

SAIC – the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre – has launched an open, ongoing rapid-response funding call to support Scotland’s growing aquaculture sector through the continuing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The innovation centre is welcoming applications from collaborative partnerships between businesses and academic researchers, for a fast-tracked process that will help the aquaculture sector adapt to a new commercial and operational reality in the months and years ahead.

SAIC will provide a package of up to £50,000 to successful applicants, with business partners expected to match or exceed the investment through financial and in-kind contributions. The rapid response projects should have a duration of less than one year, with at least one consortium partner based in Scotland.

All of the projects should align with one of SAIC’s priority areas, which support enhancements to fish health and welfare, strengthening the market for shellfish and other non-finfish species, and unlocking the sector’s capacity for development.

Sarah Riddle, SAIC director of business engagement, said: “The outbreak of Covid-19 has been a significant challenge to the entire economy and aquaculture is no different.

“However, the sector is beginning to turn the corner towards recovery and there’s a real opportunity to introduce new, innovative ways of working.

“The sector can use this time as a catalyst for change – whether it is the development of more efficient processes or amplifying the ongoing focus on sustainability.”

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