ANALYSIS - Over the past week, TheFishSite has been in Aviemore, Scotland for the Aquaculture UK show, 25-26 May 2016.
The biggest Aquaculture UK yet, the show welcomed a record number of exhibitors and visitors through the door and, as well as 40 per cent more floor space, the show also added an extra marquee offering more choice of informative seminar sessions.
The opening day featured seminars on the latest in breeding salmon with resistance to economically important diseases, seaweed farming technology and advances in fish health, biosecurity and sea lice control, to name a few.
Also on the first day, the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) held an interactive poll on the trade show floor to gather opinions on a new centre of excellence for the Scottish aquaculture industry.
The popular Gala Dinner was held on Wednesday evening and saw Elanco and the SAIC hand out their awards.
Elanco's Young Scientist Award went to Ana Herreo, Moredun Research Institute, for her research ‘Comparing different histological methods to detect Desmozoon lepeophtherii in the gills of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)’.
The SAIC's Aquaculture Innovation Award was given to Ace Aquatec.
Heather Jones, SAIC CEO, commented: “To say the judging panel was impressed by the quantity and quality of entries for the Aquaculture Innovation Award would be an understatement. However Ace Aquatec emerged as the unanimous winner.
"Innovation is at the very heart of everything they do, be it humane slaughter, seal scarers or biomass measurement – all of which is relevant not just to the salmon industry or Scottish industry at large but to other aquaculture sectors around the world.”
Day two saw Dr Martin Jaffa from Callander McDowell dispel claims that sea lice from salmon farms on Scotland's west coast caused wild sea trout population declines and Dr Aboubakry Diallo from Horizon Proteins discuss a a patented process for the recovery of barley protein from Scotland's malt whisky industry, which can be used to sustainably feed farmed salmon.
Read more coverage form Aquaculture UK, here.