Innovation in aquaculture will help secure the sector's future. Photo: SAIC

Spotlight on innovation at careers event

Leading aquaculture figures will highlight the varied and rewarding opportunities of a career in the industry as part of Lochaber Ideas Week next week.

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A key theme of the free one-day event, on November 17, is how future talent can drive innovation in the sector.

Hosted by the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) in collaboration with the Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, the programme will include topics such as developing apprenticeships in aquaculture; fish health diagnostics; adding value to fish waste and reducing reliance on fossil fuel; and algal oil as a new source of omega-3.


Among the speakers are Tavish Scott, CEO of Salmon Scotland (formerly the SSPO); Isabel Vincent of the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC); and Craig Fleming from satellite communications experts, R3-IoT.

As part of the morning’s session on innovations for sustainability, Yusuke Yamasaki from Uhuru United UK, Chris Matthews from PHARMAQ Analytiq, Eduardo Jimenez Fernandez from Otter Ferry Seafish and the Agri-Epi Centre, and Ian Carr from Veramaris will showcase current projects being explored to future-proof the sector. 

There will also be an introduction to Swansea University’s new Lumpfish Operational Welfare Scoring Index (LOWSI).   


Mary Fraser, head of skills and talent at SAIC, said: “With the sector continuously expanding as the demand for sustainable protein increases, we need to ensure a regular flow of talent that can bring a fresh perspective and help to meet the sector’s ever evolving requirements.

“To support that, it’s important that we show just how exciting the sector can be, with cutting-edge innovation and research shaping ways of working and helping to secure the sector’s future.”

Lochaber Ideas Week will be a slimmed down, covid-safe event. Anyone with an interest in aquaculture is invited to join the event. To register visit here.