Heather Jones, CEO at SAIC Photo: SAICHeather Jones, CEO at SAIC Photo: SAIC

The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre has reached a significant milestone with Malin Group and the Isle of Skye Mussel Company taking the consortium’s membership beyond 150 organisations for the first time.

More than half of SAIC’s membership (57%) is made up of small and medium enterprises with large organisation accounting for 31%. Around half (48%) of the consortium is based in Scotland, while 28% is located in other parts of the UK and 9% overseas. Consortium membership particularly grew in 2020, increasing by around 25% from February.

“The growth of SAIC’s consortium reflects the increasing commitment from aquaculture, as well as the many industries that support it, to innovation and collaboration,” commented Heather Jones, chief executive of SAIC

“That innovation is a priority for organisations throughout aquaculture reflects the growing recognition that the sector is more inter-connected than it has ever been,” she added.

Earlier in the year, the innovation centre launched its ongoing rapid-response funding programme to support investment in innovation at a highly challenging time.

By the end of the decade, Scotland’s aquaculture sector is aiming to increase its contribution to the economy to £3.6 billion, effectively doubling from 2016’s levels. This objective was outlined in the Aquaculture Growth to 2030 strategy, which also highlighted the role of innovation in helping to meet the increasing global demand for farmed fish and shellfish.

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