Scottish Sea Farms was crowned winner of the Scottish Food & Drink Excellence Award for Innovation for a ground-breaking cleaner fish project – work co-funded by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre and undertaken in partnership with the Institute of Aquaculture.
The £4.05m research project has taken a pioneering approach to sea lice control, facilitating co-habitation of farmed salmon with commercially-farmed wrasse that eat sea lice.
The collaborative work sees the University of Stirling’s renowned Institute join forces with Scottish Sea Farms, Marine Harvest Scotland, feed manufacturer BioMar and Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre.
Scottish Sea Farms was praised by judges for improving the quality of its own products while at the same time creating a new commercial opportunity for the whole industry.
Upon receiving the awards, Managing Director of Scottish Sea Farms and SAIC Board member Jim Gallagher said: “Producing exceptionally nutritious salmon whilst maintaining best environmental practice is at the heart of everything we do at Scottish Sea Farms: from our expert husbandry and premium feeds, to our use of cleaner fish to help keep stocks in optimum health.
“To be recognised by an awards scheme as highly regarded as the Scottish Food & Drink Excellence Awards for both our commitment to commercial innovation drawing on the best of Scottish research know-how, and as Business of the Year from across the entire food and drink industry, is a huge honour. It also serves as further encouragement to all of us working in the sector to continue innovating in order to grow the profitability of Scottish salmon, creating and sustaining jobs around Scotland’s coastline.”
Professor Hervé Migaud, Deputy Director of the Institute of Aquaculture and lead academic on the project, added: “It’s wonderful to see Scottish Sea Farms recognised for its collaborative approach to innovation in the seafood industry.
“The company continues to lead the way in driving change and adopting new approaches to sea farming. We’re delighted to work alongside them and other industry practitioners to facilitate this forward-looking project, which is already helping solve bottlenecks limiting productivity and improve the quality and delousing efficacy of farmed wrasse.”
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