Health and welfare
Addressing environmental and health challenges, particularly in the areas of sea lice and gill disease.
Scaling up the use of cleaner fish
Increased harvest volumes of salmon and reduced reliance on medicinal controls, with the knock-on benefits of job creation in rural areas and improved perceptions about the environmental sustainability of salmon farming.
Developing diagnostic techniques for assessing fish health
A cheaper, faster method of monitoring and informing fish health practitioners on the health and welfare of their fish.
Improving cleaner fish vaccination
Improved survivability and efficacy of cleaner fish on Scotland’s salmon farms, with the potential for further adaptations to be used on other farmed non-salmonid species, opening up new export markets.
Establishing a sustainable supply and optimal deployment of lumpsuckers
New protocols for breeding, feeding and deploying lumpsuckers into salmon farms; potential new products such as feeds and vaccines; and increased industry understanding of this cleaner fish species.
Exploring ultrasound-based technology for salmon delousing
An effective, non-medicinal approach to controlling the incidence of sea lice on Scotland’s salmon farms.
Exploring the risk factors for Saprolegniosis outbreaks in salmon farms
Increased understanding of Saprolegnia and its causative factors, enabling Scotland’s salmon farmers to pre-empt and control occurrence of the disease, improve fish health and welfare, and grow production volumes.
Developing mobile biomarker detection for seawater readiness
Better decision-making; improved fish health and welfare; reduced mortalities; plus, the potential to adapt the device to test for a variety of diseases and pathogens.
Enhancing the health and welfare of lumpfish
Increased understanding of the use and performance of cleaner fish in farmed environments.
Control of sea lice infections of farmed salmonids using hydrogen peroxide
Establishment of guidelines for the use of hydrogen peroxide (Paramove®) at reduced salinities for control of sea lice and assessment of the safety and efficacy of Paramove® at a range of dosages in relation to seawater salinity.
Gill Health in Scottish farmed salmon
Identification of actions and measures that can be used to prevent, reduce, or treat gill disease in farmed salmon, using a multidisciplinary approach, combining novel methodologies with well tested techniques.
Genomic breeding for gill health and lice resistance in salmon: towards improved accuracy and affordability
Optimising genomic selection to improve the accuracy and affordability of the technology.
Improving Disease Resistance in Atlantic salmon and Rainbow trout to Flavobacterium psychrophilum
The development and application of a F. psychrophilum immersion challenge model in Atlantic salmon to enable assessment of susceptibility of families to disease so that markers of resistance can be determined.
Investigation into the causes of and possible solutions to failed rainbow trout in aquaculture
A comprehensive assessment of failed fish by the incorporation of information on brood stock (strain, family), genetics, husbandry, life cycle, anatomy, physiology and biochemistry to isolate why these fish have impaired growth and develop a solution to this problem through nutrition by testing the impact of various feeds.