Aquaculture for all

Growing together the future of aquaculture in the UK

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Following the success of the Aquaculture UK Exhibition in 2016, 5m Publishing, part of Benchmark Holdings, is delighted to announce plans for an innovative Aquaculture UK Conference to be held in Stirling, Scotland from June 14-15, 2017.

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The event will offer a refreshing and exciting perspective on the issues that need to be addressed in the further development of UK aquaculture. It also represents a valuable opportunity to network, meet decision makers and influence the future of the industry facilitating interaction between research, technology and industry.

“According to the latest FAO figures, global aquaculture production is predicted to increase 90 per cent by 2050. This is a very exciting time to be in the industry, and we have created this event to showcase the technology and innovation driving this growth,” said Matt Colvan, Sales and Marketing Director, 5m Publishing.

Join your peers at the welcome reception and registration evening on 13 June followed by two days of conference and the launch of the 2018 Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards (SMAA).

This flagship biennial event in the industry’s calendar highlights achievements of our world class aquaculture businesses and salutes ‘the best of the best’. Formerly organised and hosted by The Crown Estate, Aquaculture UK has taken on the awards as part of its range of events representing the Scottish and increasingly international aquaculture and marine industry and markets.

Alex Adrian, Aquaculture Operations Manager for The Crown Estate Scotland Portfolio said: “We’re delighted to see the achievements of world class aquaculture businesses rightfully celebrated and “the best of the best” continue to thrive. 5m Publishing fully appreciates the value of a premier awards programme for Scotland’s aquaculture and we look forward to working with them and industry to help shape its future.”

Look forward to informative and interesting sessions, chaired by representatives of many of the major universities involved in UK aquaculture development, and with speakers and panel participants drawn from industry and associated bodies, veterinary practice, and aquaculture research and teaching.

Day 1 will focus on the keystones for the development of the industry – Innovation, Breeding and Genetics, Health and Welfare and the core economic traits that will drive the industry forward. On Day 2 attention will move to the practical deployment of those underpinnings of the industry as we open the floor and discuss how we can work together.

Highlights include:

  • Accelerating Production Innovation (Chair: Herve Migaud, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling)
  • Practical Breeding and Genetics for the Aquaculture Industry (Chair: Ross Houston, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh)
  • Health and Welfare of Fish and Shellfish in Culture (Chair: Chris Secombes, University of Aberdeen)
  • Innovations in Finfish Nutrition and Feed Technology (Chair: Simon Davies, Harper Adams University)
  • Networking and Knowledge Exchange (Chair: Carlos Garcia de Leaniz, Swansea University)
  • Skills Development, Education and Training for Industry (Chair: Neil Hazon, University of St Andrews)
  • Macro Industry Factors and Outlook for Key Aquaculture Sectors (Gorjan Nikolik, Rabobank)

Delegates can look forward to individual presentations including, ‘The future for commercial-scale RAS systems in salmon’, ‘IMTA: what the UK aquaculture industry needs to know’, ‘Breeding Technologies’, ‘New and emerging disease’ and ‘Innovation in prevention and treatment methods, including sea lice’.

The Stirling Court Hotel is located on campus at Stirling University, an ideal central location for the aquaculture industry and easily accessible from all of the main Scottish transport hubs. The venue is set within in 300 acres of beautiful parkland and provides first-class leisure facilities including a 50m pool, a modern gym and 9-hole golf course all located within the grounds. An excellent way to wind down after an intense day of networking and information-gathering.

Book your place before Friday 10 March and enjoy and early bird rate of £319.

To register and find out more about the Aquaculture UK Conference 2017, explore the website, follow us on Twitter at @aquacultureuk, or drop us a line at

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