Danish solutions to help Scotland’s aquaculture ambitions

Denmark networking meeting A recent aquaculture networking meeting in Denmark was attended by companies including Scotland Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Gael Force and Danish Fish Tech Group

Danish suppliers are set to explore the Scottish aquaculture industry at Aquaculture UK following a networking meeting in Denmark attended by Scottish aquaculture industry representatives to share growth plans.

Scotland’s plan to double its aquaculture sector by 2030 will focus on efficient and sustainable growth and Aquaculture UK, taking place in Aviemore, Scotland on 23-24 May, will give an insight into how Scotland’s industry is working together to unlock future growth.

Speaking of the meeting, attended by Elaine Jamieson, head of food & drink at Scotland Highlands & Islands Enterprise; and Stewart Graham, CEO at Gael Force; alongside Danish Fish Tech Group and 60 Danish suppliers to the aquaculture industry, Martin Winkel, head of Danish Fish Tech Group, said that “the Danish companies got an understanding of how the aquaculture industry can implement changes by working together because players from the entire supply chain of the industry is backing up the strategy plan and taking ownership of the plan to support the required developments.”

“When we meet again at Aquaculture UK 2018, the Danish suppliers will have an opportunity to showcase their innovative products, proven solutions and services to the Scottish aquaculture industry,” he added.

Biological challenges

One of the initiators of the industry-led plan to double the economic value and production of Scotland’s aquaculture sector is Stewart Graham, CEO at the Scottish engineer and equipment supplier Gael Force.

“Our key recommendations are to address the biological challenges like sea lice, to rationalise the regulations we are working within and thirdly, to innovate the supply chain with new product technologies,” said Mr Graham.

“In Scotland, we have massively underexploited the supply chain. Thus, we are interested in how networks of suppliers like Danish Fish Tech Group and their member companies works, what we can learn from them to help the Scottish supply chain and how we continue to form partnerships that can lead to benefits in export or investments.”

At Aquaculture UK, Danish Fish Tech Group aims to show how the Danish competences and expertise could support the Scottish aquaculture industry in their ambitions to create supply chain excellence for the industry.

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