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Aquaculture firms in virtual support programme

This is the fifth group to start on the Pathfinder Accelerator programme, developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

The programme was planned to be held in Fort William, but with face to face sessions unable to take place due to the COVID-19 crisis, the sessions will now be hosted virtually.

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COVID-19 updates from HIE

We realise this is a very worrying time for our clients and the wider community, and we are working with our partners and government to ensure we do everything we can to support our region during this crisis.

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Scottish Seaweed Industry Association Annual Conference 18-19 February Oban

The SSIA is holding its annual conference in Oban on Tuesday 18th February 2020 followed by a day of workshops at SAMS ( Scottish Association for Marine Science) on Wednesday 19th.

An interesting line-up of speakers for the conference on 18th February has been confirmed, and topics announced for the workshops to be held the next day, 19th February at The Scottish Association for Marine Science.

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EMSP company collaborates in international project to develop plastic-free food packaging from langoustine shell waste.

The research and development project called the Celtic Crustacean Collaboration is being led by Argyll based firm, CuanTec Limited, working with the Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS).

Both are based at the European Marine Science Park (EMSP) near Oban. They are working with Versatile Packaging in the Republic of Ireland and with Northern Ireland firm, Kilkeel Seafoods.

Over the next three years the project is expected to lead to the creation of up to 13 new jobs in Argyll.

Photo Credit - with thanks to The Oban Times.

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SAMS study highlights seaweed farming as major growth opportunity for Argyll and Bute.

Given Argyll and Bute's strategic location on the west coast and abundant natural resources, there is great potential for the area to become a centre of seaweed farming in Scotland.

SAMS ( Scottish Association for Marine Science) had been commissioned by Argyll and Bute Council, and funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to bring together information to help provide a template for local seaweed farming.

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Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre secures Phase 2 funding

Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to invest in Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre.

Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre has secured a £10 million funding deal to carry it forward over the next five years in its Phase 2 of operations. It is expected to be supplemented by £3.5 million from third party grants and income generated from the sale of its own services.

SAIC plans to grow innovation in aquaculture by bringing multiple partners together from across the UK, and to be able to leverage more funding. There will be a focus on engaging with small businesses.

There will also be more work with undergraduates and schools to help raise awareness of the many career opportunities in aquaculture. SAIC will continue to back the Women In Aquaculture network as part of this development strand.

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