CIEL | News: CIEL aquaculture seed funding projects underway

A project assessing the best cultivation methods for growing seaweed to feed to egg laying hens is among four innovative aquaculture seed funding projects being supported by CIEL.

This is the first aquaculture-related seed funding initiative from CIEL which aims to help accelerate innovation, research and development in the sector with a focus on two themes –Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of aquatic species and using seaweeds to create a link between aquatic and terrestrial food production.

The projects in receipt of support include a seaweed protein biomass cultivation system project, run by seaweed start-up company, Seaweed Generation Ltd. This will explore different cultivation methods for different species of seaweed, while also assessing the palatability for feeding the seaweed to egg laying hens.

Other projects in receipt of funding include a study assessing the greenhouse gas emissions from Pangasius (Basa) production in Vietnam, the third most consumed fish in the UK. Another project will focus on the life cycle analysis of UK grown warm water prawns.

The final project is focused on enhancing the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of cleaner fish as a sustainable tool for sealice management, with improvements that could have positive impacts on the salmon industry in Scotland.

“CIEL works collaboratively across the agrifood sector, encouraging knowledge exchange while utilising the academic expertise that underpins the Centre’s network. Bringing agrifood and aquaculture together is one of the main goals of this work,” says Martin Sutcliffe, CIEL’s Aquaculture Specialist.
“These are ‘seed’ projects designed to be developed further in the future, helping to drive the industry forward.”

CIEL Chief Executive, Lyndsay Chapman, explains that she is excited to be able to leverage CIEL resource to support these research projects.

“From exploring the viability of high protein seaweeds in a cost-effective way, to assessing the effect of functional feed ingredients on salmon performance – these innovative projects cover areas identified as critical to help drive a sustainable and productive future for the sector.

“Agriculture and aquaculture face many similar challenges that require world-leading science-based solutions and innovative technologies & systems. This must be embraced if we are to capitalise on the opportunities that lay ahead.”

The four projects are due to be completed during 2023.

More details on these exciting projects can be found here.

CIEL aquaculture seed funding projects underway