A CAMPAIGN featuring video case studies was launched this week by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) to highlight how the sector is embracing support to innovate and grow.
The videos feature the perspectives of a range of contributors, from public sector funders, enterprise agencies and institutions, to private sector companies.
Among those featured are Alban Denton, managing director at Loch Duart; Michael Tait, chairman of the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group; and Dr Tom Ashton, operations director at Xelect.
Providing the academic perspective, meanwhile, is Professor Hervé Migaud, director at the University of Stirling’s world renowned Institute of Aquaculture.
Championing the relationship between innovation and the future competitiveness of Scotland is Dr Stuart Fancey, director of Research and Innovation at the Scottish Funding Council.
In his video, Dr Fancey says: ‘The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre has been remarkable in its clarity of purpose, led by the industry itself directing the academic community exactly towards the projects and the challenges that it needs to be addressed.
‘It is utterly thrilling for my colleagues at the Funding Council and enterprise agencies to see the way that Scottish industry – the aquaculture industry foremost amongst them – is working closely with colleagues in the academic sectors, both universities and colleges.
‘It’s really exciting to see not just ideas being turned into commercial answers and opportunities, but also to see the way that the industry is working with the academic community to develop its own future skills needs.’
Elaine Jamieson, head of Food and Drink at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), reflects on HIE’s recent collaboration with SAIC on ‘Accelerating Aquaculture Innovation’ – the new £1 million match-funding programme to help small to medium enterprises commercialise new supply chain innovations.
SAIC CEO Heather Jones said: ‘Regular conversation with our industry-academic partners and key stakeholders is essential to ensuring that SAIC is adding value where the sector needs it most.
‘These videos are an extension of those ongoing conversations, providing a snapshot of where we’re getting it right, while also inspiring ideas for what more we could do to be of support to the sector.
‘We’re always listening, always responding. Our sincere thanks go to all those who gave their time to appear in the videos.’
The six-strong suite of videos, produced and directed by Rare Bird Media in Edinburgh in partnership with Garland PR, are available to view at SAIC’s YouTube channel and are being promoted across a week-long social media campaign.
Picture: Tom Ashton of Xelect