Weekly Overview: New Research Examines Salmons' Susceptibility to Sea Lice

26 April 2016, at 1:00am

ANALYSIS - A new two-year project by the UK's Plymouth University and the Chilean Universidad de Chile is investigating the problem of sea lice in the Atlantic salmon farming industry.

The project will bring together experts across biotechnology, microbiology, immunology and pathology to study the effect that the lice have upon the salmon’s skin and gut defences, and the way it hampers physiological processes and their ability to withstand other infections.

“Understanding both lice and salmon responses to infection will lead to the development of novel feed ingredients that will benefit the industry,” added Dr John Tinsley from BioMar.

The Russian aquaculture sector is to receive a cash injection of 260 million roubles up to 2017 to support scientific development.

The new money comes as part of a general reorganisation of the aquaculture industry in Russia and follows a meeting of the Russian government, ministry of agriculture and the fisheries’ agency Rosrybolovstvo last week.

The reorganisation of the industry will see more powers devolved to the regions and the inland water bodies, allowing the regions to facilitate the development of aquaculture.

Aquaculture UK Update

On 25 - 26 May 2016, 5m Publishing and TheFishSite are hosting Aquaculture UK, the UK's largest aquaculture exhibition and conference.

Call for Entries for the SAIC Aquaculture Innovation Award

The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) is calling for entries for the Aquaculture Innovation Award.

Open to SMEs and large companies alike, working within Scottish aquaculture or an aquaculture-related sector, the award will honour one business that’s embracing innovation with tangible results.

To enter your company for the Aquaculture Innovation Award, simply download the entry form and answer the three questions, then return to liane@scottishaquaculture.com on or before Monday 16 May 2016.