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Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre | Transforming Scottish Aquaculture

Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre | Transforming Scottish Aquaculture | Aquaculture Directory |
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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John Bostock's curator insight, June 20, 2014 11:14 AM

Scottish Aquaculture Innovation website launched today.

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Beyond Prototypes | Enabling innovation in technology-enhanced learning

Beyond Prototypes | Enabling innovation in technology-enhanced learning | Aquaculture Directory |

Technology-enhanced learning (TEL) research focuses on how technologies can add value to learning and teaching processes. Today’s learners have access to increasingly powerful and affordable handheld computing devices, including smartphones, games consoles and tablet computers. They can share, interact and immerse themselves online with others through the use of social networks and virtual worlds.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 25, 2013 11:02 AM

Free 48 page PDF ebook. Well worth downloading.

John Bostock's curator insight, November 25, 2013 12:35 PM

I'm going to have to find time to read this as soon as possible!

A/Prof Jon Willis's curator insight, November 25, 2013 6:39 PM

For those interested in moving beyond the classroom/desktop nexus of teaching and learning.

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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 | Aquaculture Directory |

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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John Bostock's curator insight, June 9, 2014 6:23 AM

This is an interesting and welcome development in Scotland

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Ben Gurion University Professor Wins Inaugural Aquaculture Innovation Award

Ben Gurion University Professor Wins Inaugural Aquaculture Innovation Award | Aquaculture Directory |

Amir Sagi, Ph.D., a professor at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, is the winner of the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA) inaugural Novus Global Aquaculture Innovation Award, sponsored by Novus International. Dr. Sagi was presented with the award at GAA’s GOAL 2013 conference in Paris, France, on Wednesday, Oct. 9.


Dr. Sagi’s innovation — which involves a novel biotechnology application to produce all male populations of the giant freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii through temporal RNA interference — was selected over 15 other creative innovations to capture the award. The 16 applicants dealt with nine species of marine and freshwater fish and shellfish and originated from 11 countries — Australia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, India, Israel, Peru, Korea, Taiwan and the United States.


Some innovations dealt with the species themselves, such as production of virus-free grouper or endangered Amazonian paiche. Others dealt with improved design of production systems, including cages, ponds and indoor recirculating systems. Still others dealt with cloud-based data collection systems and disease control.


The six judges selected Dr. Sagi’s innovation as the winner because its application addressed a key obstacle in the production of Macrobrachium rosenbergii — manual sorting of juveniles by gender. The judges felt that this innovation could stimulate expansion in freshwater prawn production without genetic modification or use of exogenous hormones.


“The GAA Standards Oversight Committee recommended the Novus Global Aquaculture Innovation award as a way of recognizing the integral role of creative advances in driving continuous improvements in aquaculture. BAP standards are routinely revised to reflect these advances,” said Dr. George Chamberlain, GAA president.

Dr. Sagi, who received an expense-paid trip to GOAL 2013, was introduced by Dr. Francisco Gomes, executive manager of the aqua business unit at Novus International, who presented him with a plaque and a U.S. $1,000 cash prize. “Novus is very proud to sponsor this innovation award,” “added Francisco Saraiva Gomes, executive manager of Novus Aqua. “Aquaculture needs innovation in order to capture its potential.”


Dr. Sagi is the past president of the International Society of Invertebrate Reproduction and Development and former Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Ben Gurion University. He holds the Lily and Sidney Oelbaum chair for Applied Biochemistry at the Department of Life Sciences and the National Institute for Biotechnology. He presented his innovation to about 350 attendees at GOAL 2013 on Tuesday.


Twenty years of physiological and molecular research on the androgenic gland are behind the biotechnology used to produce all-male crustacean populations. Dr. Sagi’s research culminated with the discovery of the insulin-like androgenic hormone in decapod crustaceans. Now, for the first time, this technology is available to commercial Macrobrachium rosenbergii farmers worldwide.


“The beauty of our biotechnology lies in the fact that it represents the first commercialization of temporal RNA interference with no use of chemicals, hormones or generation of genetic modifications,” said Dr. Sagi. “To sustain its rapid growth, the aquaculture industry will need to consistently introduce the latest scientific developments and innovative technologies. I am confident that the R&D community will propose many more such applications in the near future.”


The Global Aquaculture Innovation Award was launched at GOAL 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand, last November, to recognize innovative practices that overcome production challenges or mitigate negative environmental or social impacts at aquaculture farms. All types of innovations qualified for the award, including wetlands conservation, feed management, water-quality management, effluent reduction, energy reduction, staff training, community relations, animal welfare, and health and nutrition.

The judges included Chamberlain; Gomes; Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) Standards Coordinator Dan Lee; Craig Browdy, executive manager of aquaculture research at Novus International; Michael Tlusty, director of research at the New England Aquarium; and Dawn Purchase, senior aquaculture officer at the Marine Conservation Society. Chamberlain, Tlusty, and Purchase are members of the BAP Standards Oversight Committee.

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John Bostock's curator insight, October 9, 2013 5:54 PM

Congratulations to Dr Sagi