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SFC-supported fish project scoops awards

SFC-supported fish project scoops awards

6 Jun 2016

Scottish Sea Farms was crowned winner of the Scottish Food & Drink Excellence Award for Innovation for its pioneering approach to sea lice control, which it developed with the SFC-funded Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC).

To keep farmed salmon free of sea lice, commercially-farmed wrasse fish, which eat sea lice, are put in with the salmon. The £4.05m project was the very first project to be supported by SAIC and is a collaboration between Scottish Sea Farms, Marine Harvest Scotland, the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture and feed manufacturer BioMar.

Scottish Sea Farms was praised by judges for improving the quality of its own products while at the same time creating a new commercial opportunity for the whole industry.

The company also went on to win the Business of the Year. Managing Director and SAIC Board member Jim Gallagher said: “To be recognised by an awards scheme as highly regarded as the Scottish Food & Drink Excellence Awards for both our commitment to commercial innovation, drawing on the best of Scottish research know-how, and as Business of the Year from across the entire food and drink industry, is a huge honour.”

Six other winners had been supported by SFC Innovation Vouchers, and SAIC consortium member Loch Fyne Oysters won the Investing in People Award.