July 20, 2022


UK aquaculture partnership receives highest possible accolade


Innovate UK has given the highest possible accolade of 'Outstanding' for its Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to biotechnology firm Pulcea, together with the University of Stirling's Institute of Aquaculture, for improving Atlantic salmon farming medicinal treatment, Fish Information & Services reported.


The collaboration began in 2019 with funding provided by Innovate UK at GBP 189,878 (~U$227,894; GBP 1 = US$1.20) to research the use of acoustics in improving medicinal treatment for the Atlantic salmon aquaculture industry.


The appointment of a veterinarian, Rachel Brown, who had experience with ultrasound in other food-producing industries and was eager to apply her knowledge and expertise to aquaculture, was essential to the project's success.


The initial study, which validated the idea of using ultrasound for the treatment of sea lice, was funded by a GBP 99,000 (~US$118,821) grant from the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre's (SAIC) Rapid Response funding call in 2016.


The KTP has demonstrated that it is possible to increase treatment efficiency and significantly enhance fish experience and welfare by combining current hydrogen peroxide tarpaulin bath treatments with Pulcea's acoustic-based technology.


KTPs bring together business and academia to deliver projects that are driven by business innovation. They are supported by the top universities in the UK and are funded by Innovate UK with the goal of assisting businesses in enhancing their competitiveness and productivity through knowledge sharing, technology, and skill development. Professor James Bron and Dr. Armin Sturm of the Institute of Aquaculture, along with Ian Jamieson, technical director of Pulcea, were in charge of the project's academic components.


Heather Jones, CEO of SAIC, said Pulcea uses underwater physics to improve fish welfare and better manage the enduring challenge of sea lice.


She said it is wonderful to see the development, and this KTP award is a true testament to the excellent work of all participants. SAIC is dedicated to promoting fish welfare and health, which are essential for the long-term viability of our industry. We are pleased that the work we have supported has resulted in new products and procedures, reducing the impact on the environment and boosting the financial impact of UK aquaculture.


-      Fish Information & Services

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