Members of the Umitron team at Aquaculture UK 2022. From left: Masahiko Yamada, managing director; Chris Amhoff, business development manager; Joyce Leo, business operations manager; Russell Ferguson, field sales manager. Umitron will be one of 12 companies and organisations presenting at the Innovation Theatre at Aquaculture UK 2024.

Innovation with intent

Aquaculture UK organisers publish line-up for presentations on new developments in sector


Details have been revealed about a new Innovation Theatre which will be part of the Aquaculture UK trade show in Aviemore on May 14-15.

Housed in a tent just outside the main exhibition hall, the Innovation Theatre will feature a dozen 30-minute presentations over the two days, delivered by an international line-up with innovative ideas or inventions to promote.

Setting the scene on day one is RS Aqua with a presentation on how its partner, Innovasea, is providing environmental and biomass monitoring in salmon farming and other aquaculture sectors.

Next up will be Lynne Falconer from Stirling University’s Institute of Aquaculture, who will discuss how data can be utilised to unlock new insights into the sector and help plan for the future.

Cardiomyopathy syndrome

Moredun Scientific will look at the development of new research tools to combat gill disease, sea lice, and cardiomyopathy syndrome (CMS) in farmed salmon.

Molecular testing to solve common and complex issues will be examined by Silicon Valley’s Standard BioTools, which offers automated solutions for PCR and next-generation sequencing with its X9 High-Throughput Genomics System.

Also on day one, Innovate UK’s Agri-Tech Centres will host a panel session highlighting companies ‘doing something a bit different’, whether farming new species, developing new products or embracing new technology, and explain how to connect innovation with funding, expertise, and facilities to accelerate progress.

Ross Houston will give an overview of the transformative potential of genetic technologies in aquaculture.

Genetic technologies

Former Roslin Institute professor Ross Houston of Benchmark Genetics kicks off day two with an overview of the transformative potential of genetic technologies in aquaculture. He will also flag up Benchmark’s next generation of technologies – including sterility and gene editing – and their potential benefits.

The evolution of artificial intelligence (AI) in aquaculture will be the subject of Singapore company Umitron’s presentation, with a focus on the integration of big data, AI, and the Internet of Things (IoT) within the industry, specifically the company’s precision-feeding AI and satellite monitoring solutions.

Californian innovator Sofar Ocean will be presenting its rapidly deployable solution for real-time data collection at offshore aquaculture sites, which promises to improve operational safety and decision making for pre-site assessments and farm expansions.

Funded projects

Providing invaluable information about funding opportunities, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) will outline how it supports collaborative research. It will also be announcing the projects being funded through the Sustainable Aquaculture Partnerships for Innovation funding call which launched in 2023.

More information about the presenters can be found on the Aquaculture UK website, here.

“On top of our conference programme and a record number of exhibitors, the new Innovation Theatre will make this year’s Aquaculture UK a truly unmissable event,” said Cheri Arvonio, event director for show owner Diversified UK.