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Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre | Transforming Scottish Aquaculture

Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre | Transforming Scottish Aquaculture | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) will provide transformational change in the relationship between the aquaculture industry, the research community and Government to overcome these issues and release Scotland’s potential. Investment in the SAIC will help transform aquaculture’s already substantial contribution to the Scottish economy, with many of the benefits concentrated in fragile rural communities. The Scottish Government has adopted industry targets for increased production. In the salmon industry alone, meeting these targets would contribute an additional £500 million to the Scottish economy per year. If we consider the wider sector, including trout, shellfish, supply chain and all supporting businesses, then the overall financial contribution to the Scottish economy could exceed £1 billion. SAIC will bring together the key players in this strategically important industry, focusing on removing current and future obstacles, creating wealth and long term employment.
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Scottish Aquaculture Innovation website launched today.

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Young’s, Sainsbury’s, Seafish on board for new Scottish fisheries body | Undercurrent News

Young’s, Sainsbury’s, Seafish on board for new Scottish fisheries body | Undercurrent News | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Young’s, Sainsbury’s and Seafish are among the founding members of a new Scottish organization due to launch later in June.

Fisheries Innovation Scotland (FIS) is intended as a non-profit-distributing organization with the remit of bringing together the Scottish fisheries sector (capture, processing and retail) with government and scientists.

 

Its stated purpose is to spearhead an “on-going program of research, knowledge exchange and education”, one of the funding bodies, Seafish, toldUndercurrent News.

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This is an interesting and welcome development in Scotland

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MEDIN - Marine Environmental Data & Information Network - Workshop

MEDIN - Marine Environmental Data & Information Network - Workshop | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

MEDIN Data Guidelines Workshop:Tuesday 25th February 2014, 9:30 – 16:00

MEDIN is pleased to announce that a workshop on MEDIN Data Guidelines will take place at the British Geological Survey, Edinburgh on Tuesday 25th February 2014. This workshop will be relevant to anyone collecting or managing any type of marine data but examples will focus on marine geology, geophysics and bathymetry data.

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SQA investigates opportunities with Mozilla's Open Badges - SQA

The Scottish Qualifications Authority, (SQA) has announced its intention to investigate the opportunities presented by an innovative approach to displaying individuals’ learning accomplishments online.

SQA is working in partnership with Mozilla, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the democratization of the web, to explore the benefits to learners that can be achieved through their Open Badges.

Mozilla’s Open Badges project intends to make it easy to earn, issue and display digital badges that recognise and communicate individuals’ skills and achievements.

The badge project infrastructure allows individuals to display their real-world skills and achievements in online environments – such as social media profiles – in way that may help with future career and education opportunities.

Joe Wilson, Head of New Ventures at SQA, said: “We believe Mozilla’s Open Badges project enables greater flexibility for learners to demonstrate their achievements. Open badges have the potential to allow individuals to display the accomplishments they make along each step of the learner journey, and receive recognition for a single skill or packages of learning that cover a number of skills in relation to a particular task.”

Joe continued: “SQA will work with Mozilla to explore how we can adopt Open Badges.  We will encourage our partners to investigate how they could benefit from adopting open badges to support learners across Scotland in addition to the recognition we offer teachers and college lecturers through our CDP courses and training we will explore how we can integrate open badges into our certification processes.”

Erin Knight, Senior Director of Learning and Badges at Mozilla, said: "We are really excited that SQA, as Scotland's national awarding and accreditation body, is actively exploring how best to implement Open Badges as a means to give learners and institutions the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and accomplishments through digital badges."

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This is significant....A national qualifications authority taking Internet badges seriously...

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Scotland's Aquaculture | Home

Scotland's Aquaculture | Home | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Aquaculture is an industry of growing importance in Scotland providing valuable jobs and income for the economy. The Scottish aquaculture industry is regulated with a view to promoting food safety, compliance with legislation and sustainability.

 

This new website has been developed in partnership by Marine Scotland, SEPA, The Crown Estate and the Food Standards Agency, to provide access to a range of information about aquaculture in Scotland.

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This is groundbreaking in its level of detail on aquaculture sites and regulation - lots of teaching and learning resources here!

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Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre - Scottish Salmon Producers' Organisation

Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre - Scottish Salmon Producers' Organisation | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The industry’s commitment to supporting scientific research to underpin growth and development is set to move ahead with the formal launch of the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) in June 2014.

 

Five years of funding for the SAIC have now been secured from the Scottish Funding Council, in partnership with Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise and the aquaculture industry. The SAIC will bring thirteen Scottish Higher Education Institutions together with a large number of aquaculture businesses to support problem solving research specifically designed to deliver economic development.


The Centre will also focus on knowledge exchange and training.  All of the SAIC’s activities will promote collaboration between Scottish aquaculture businesses and the Scottish academic and research community.

 

 

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Looking forward to seeing this initiative up and running 

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Scottish Government - An Assessment of the Benefits to Scotland of Aquaculture

Scottish Government - An Assessment of the Benefits to Scotland of Aquaculture | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

A New independent report shows the Scottish aquaculture industry ‘provides considerable benefits for fragile economic areas’  contributing up to £1.4 billion to Scottish economy.


"The report commissioned by Marine Scotland and the Highlands and Islands Enterprise has been published by Imani and SRSL. 


The economic benefits from the industry are wide ranging and are felt across Scotland including areas that are not traditionally associated with it such as the Central Belt.


The report estimates that if the 2020 industry production target of 223,000 tonnes is met it could have a turn-over value of £2 billion to the Scottish economy and support 10,000 jobs.


Other findings include:

Direct production alone contributed a turn-over of at least £550 million to the Scottish economy and 2,800 jobs in 2012Including added income across the country the industry is currently estimated to contribute a turn-over of £1.4 billion and 8,000 jobs in ScotlandSignificant improvements have been made to the environmental impact of the industry and compares well with other animal production industriesQuality and high value is Scottish aquaculture’s trump card"
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This may be a bit parochial, but a welcome study on the Scottish Aquaculture Industry that will provide good insight into the industry and economic factors for all students of aquaculture

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An Introduction to Phytoplankton and Harmful Algal Blooms — SAMS

An Introduction to Phytoplankton and Harmful Algal Blooms — SAMS | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

This course will introduce you to the primary phytoplankton in the water, along with those which give cause for concern.  We’ll share how you can use that information to monitor your water, gauge when to harvest, and spot certain environmental factors that may lead to harmful algal blooms.

Delivered by leading algae scientists from SAMS (the Scottish Association for Marine Science), this course is a practical introduction from the specialist team that analyses water collected from the shellfish growing areas around Scotland for the Food Standards Agency (FSA).  Be prepared for practical laboratory sessions (and a few Latin names), as we want to ensure you have plenty of practical experience and leave knowing what to look for and how to look for it.

 

25-26th February 2014

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Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Launches New Website | Aquaculture Directory

Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Launches New Website | Aquaculture Directory | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) is launching a new website that will provide a true reflection of commercial fishing in Scotland and counter the inaccurate and negative portrayal of the industry that has become prominent in recent years.

Via Aquaculturedirectory
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A welcome initiative from the capture fisheries sector to improve communications and public understanding

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