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The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) brings together industry with the knowledge and expertise of Scotland’s research and academic community to find innovative solutions to aquaculture issues.

The SAIC will help create jobs and support the growth, sustainability and profitability of aquaculture in Scotland.

The centre is located at the University of Stirling with a local delivery centre in the Western Highlands, and it involves 26 aquaculture companies and 13 research organisations. It has been jointly funded by the Scottish Funding Council (in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise) and the Scottish aquaculture industry. 

The SAIC will focus on:

  • Fish and shellfish health and welfare
  • Feeding, quality and nutrition
  • Breeding and stock improvement 
  • Engineering to support the increased production of clean, safe and sustainable food

Laurence Howells, chief executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said, "The aquaculture industry is so important for Scotland – Scottish salmon, trout and shellfish are famous all over the world and the business has huge untapped potential. This centre can help the industry to exploit university research, boosting the economy and creating long-term employment, particularly in rural communities."

About aquaculture in Scotland

Aquaculture contributes up to £1.4 billion each year to the Scottish economy and employs 8,000 people.

Salmon farming is by far the most valuable component of Scotland’s aquaculture industry, and our 100+ active researchers provide one of the highest concentrations of aquaculture expertise in Europe. 

How we support aquaculture in Scotland