Videos show Scottish aquaculture support

SAIC The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has produced six videos to show how it is working with other organisations to help it innovate and grow

A video case study campaign highlights how the Scottish aquaculture industry is embracing support to innovate and grow.

The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre’s (SAIC) videos feature the perspectives of a range of contributors: from public sector funders, enterprise agencies and institutions, to private sector companies.

SAIC CEO Heather Jones, said: “Regular conversation with our industry-academic partners and key stakeholders is essential to ensuring that SAIC is adding value where the sector needs it most. These videos are an extension of those ongoing conversations.”

Communicating developments

In one of the videos, Dr Stuart Fancey, director of research and innovation at the Scottish Funding Council, said: “It’s really exciting to see not just ideas being turned into commercial answers and opportunities, but also to see the way that the industry is working with the academic community to develop its own future skills needs.”

In another of the videos, Elaine Jamieson, head of food and drink at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), reflects on HIE’s recent collaboration with SAIC on ‘Accelerating Aquaculture Innovation’ – the new GB£1m match-funding programme to help small to medium enterprises (SMEs) commercialise new supply chain innovations.

The video case study campaign also features the views of three such Scottish SMEs, with contributions from Alban Denton, managing director at Loch Duart; Michael Tait, chairman of the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group; and Dr Tom Ashton, operations director at Xelect.

Providing the academic perspective is professor Hervé Migaud, director of research at the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture.

The six videos are available to view at SAIC’s YouTube channel. More video case studies are already in production and will be released in early 2018.

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