Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre

Our purpose is to transform Scottish aquaculture by unlocking sustainable growth through innovation excellence. Connecting businesses and academics, we fund and support commercially relevant, collaborative research.

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Aquaculture sector

Food security is a key existential issue for any country. At a time of unprecedented change as the UK leaves the European Union, the value to Scotland’s economy of farmed seafood is the highest it has ever been, eclipsing the value of seafood caught through the efforts of the UK fishing fleet. Farmed Scottish salmon contributes more to UK balance of trade revenues than any other single food product. Last year, global salmon exports generated £700m of income from industrial activity in Scotland in a sector that supports over 12,000 jobs, thriving coastal and urban communities, and multiple businesses throughout the supply chain.

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Driving Innovation

Enabling research & development and collaborative projects


Sharing Innovation

Facilitating knowledge exchange, networks and events


Nurturing Innovation

Supporting the next generation of innovative leaders


Nurturing innovation

Find out how SAIC helps grow the industry's talent pool by supporting the next generation of aquaculture professionals. We fund PhD and MSc places, develop training programmes for junior executives, provide conference travel grants for students, organise internships, and much more.

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SAIC Publications

Here, you will find all key SAIC publications in one handy place, along with our various governance policies.

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GHI2020: Gill Health Initiative


NEAMO workshop, Oban, 30 Oct 2019

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£20m call to transform future food production

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MASTS Annual Science Meeting: "Bold Science to Meet Global Challenges"