Aquaculture gets a boost in U.K. and Australia
Scotland is the third largest farmed salmon producer in the world, and by volume, Scottish salmon accounts for Heathrow Airport’s biggest export.
The United Kingdom has set aside C$8.6 million to fund 12 research projects as part of the national efforts to boost its sustainable aquaculture industry.
The UK Aquaculture Initiative is a joint project with Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to support high quality, innovative research and address strategic challenges facing UK aquaculture.
The projects announced this week, include studying genetics and breeding patterns, looking at how shellfish can be more sustainable, immunising trout against kidney disease, and examining how robust salmon are and how susceptible to disease they are at sea.
Karen Lewis, BBSRC executive director of Capability and Innovation (pictured), said: ‘Aquaculture is a key food production sector for the UK. These projects will improve our understanding of the challenges facing aquaculture production.
‘Working together with industry partners, UK researchers will help to address these challenges and contribute to developing a healthy, safe and sustainable aquaculture system which will deliver societal and economic benefit for the UK.’
Campbell Gunn a retired political editor who served as special adviser to two First Ministers of Scotland points out in an opinion piece published in The Press and Journal that fish farming has made salmon one of the cheapest and healthiest sources of protein available in Scotland.
The Scottish Government, he states, has already announced plans to double the economic contribution of the sector from £1.8 billion in 2016 to £3.6 billion by 2030.
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