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In collaboration with the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre, Lochaber Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the second in their series of online events to celebrate and explore the innovation and potential of Scotland’s aquaculture sector.
Following on from the success of their first event last November, A Meeting of Minds 2 will take place on Zoom on Thursday, April 29, from 10-11.30am.
Where the first event looked at the potential for growth in different areas of aquaculture, this second event will take a closer look at innovation in the industry and hear more about the potential for use of technology to drive innovation and sustainability.
Aquaculture in Scotland is diverse, from the farming of Atlantic salmon and other marine and freshwater finfish species, to the production of mussels, oysters and scallops, to the harvesting of seaweed. The sector contributes £1.8billion annually to the Scottish economy and employs more than 8,800 people, many in rural communities.
It is an industry that sustains the economic and social fabric of the Highlands and Islands and is an anchor industry that keeps communities and career prospects alive in remote and rural areas.
A Meeting of Minds 2 will bring together leading businesses and organisations involved in Scotland’s aquaculture industry to give insights into key areas of innovation for the sector.
Frazer Coupland, CEO of Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, is one of many who are excited about the event.
‘There is so much great innovation happening in the aquaculture industry – from investment in robotics for fish processing, to new ways of utilising subsea vehicles and rethinking processes to contribute to a sustainable circular economy,’ he said.
‘These are exciting times for the industry and we’re delighted to present this event with SAIC to highlight innovation and opportunities across this vital sector.’
The speakers, who include MOWI, The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, Fort William Underwater Trials Centre, Interface, the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre and SEM World, will share ideas and inspiration for driving innovation and sustainability in the sector.