60-year salmon study helps understand a species under threat

The most detailed long-term study ever carried out of Atlantic salmon in a Scottish river valley has yielded valuable insights, say researchers at the University of Aberdeen. The data covers six decades’ worth of data on salmon populations and river conditions in Girnock Burn, Royal Deeside. Atlantic salmon have long been identified as a threatened…

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Inside job

A tiny sensor implant could tell us far more about fish health Researcher Eirik Svendsen, at Norwegian research institute SINTEF Ocean, has developed an implant capable of measuring data, which can be associated with disease and ailments in farmed fish at an early stage. The tiny device may be the most advanced implant ever made…

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Call for salmon industry insights

Researchers working on a study of Scotland’s high value food and drink industries are keen to hear from those involved in the salmon sector. The project, run by academics at the University of Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute and Scotland’s Rural College, will be investigating the costs and opportunities for Scottish products with higher value status and…

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Fiskaaling rebrands as Firum

The Faroese aquaculture research establishment Fiskaaling is rebranding as “Firum” in a move which, it says, more accurately reflects the institution’s range of activities. The former Fiskaaling is a limited company set up to carry out research into all forms of aquaculture, fish and plant based. “Fiskaaling” (literally, “fish farming”) might indicate, the organisation says,…

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£2.2m funding for research in Scottish aquaculture

The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has announced funding worth £2.2 million for eight new innovation projects aimed at supporting the sustainable development of the aquaculture sector in Scotland and beyond. Projects selected for the funding round will explore new methods for sea lice control, managing gill health and environmental impact modelling, among other areas,…

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UNESCO highlights lack of funding for ocean research

Lack of funding is hampering the development and implementation of marine research and its valuable applications, according to a report published by United Nations agency UNESCO. The Second Global Ocean Science Report, published by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), finds that on average, states devote only 1.7% of their research budgets to sciences of the…

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Through the wind and the rain

Optimising fish performance in severe conditions using nutrition By Gijs Rutjes, Alltech Coppens. Over the last few years, temperature swings and long drought periods were followed by brief periods of heavy rain. When subjected to these rapid changes in farming conditions, fish suffer severe stress. Facing challenging conditions, like low water supply or water temperatures…

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Novel focus in nutrition – Alltech Coppens

AQUAFEEDS have evolved quite considerably over the years, mainly in the use of alternative raw materials. While the aquaculture industry has continued to grow exponentially, this has created a greater demand for alternative protein sources for aquafeeds. Research conducted at the Alltech Coppens Aqua Centre (ACAC) has concentrated on working towards comprehensively evaluating the nutritional…

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Aquaculture Contract Research – Moredun Scientific

Moredun Scientific, an established contract research organisation, now offers efficacy and safety studies to support the development of fish health products for the aquaculture sector. We have a range of infectious disease models for use in efficacy studies including Salmon Lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis), and Amoebic Gill Disease (Neoparamoeba perurans). The species we focus on are…

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