ARCH-UK Annual science eventS

2018 Belfast / 2019 Stirling / 2020 Swansea / 2021 Exeter


3rd ARCH-UK ANNUAL SCIENCE EVENT
SWANSEA, 1-2 July 2020
MORE INFO COMING soon

This event is for the UK Aquaculture Community, if you have an idea of what or who you would like to see at this event let us know using the suggestion box!



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2nD ARCH-UK ANNUAL SCIENCE EVENT
STIRLING COURT HOTEL, 26-27 June 2019

We had over 150 registrations for our 2nd Annual Science Event, our biggest event yet! Delegates enjoyed a wide range of presentations on current research innovations in nutrition, genetics, health and welfare, social acceptability, environment and climate change, as well as keynote talks from Ally Dingwall (Sainsbury’s Supermarket Ltd) and Prof Grant Stentiford (Cefas). Engaging discussions were had on the topic of creating the 1st UK aquaculture landscaping tool (a Seafish initiative) to aid stakeholders in sourcing expertise, and how to get the UK eating more seafood. Our extended networking hour gave attendees the opportunity to speak with lead scientists from the recently funded BBSRC/NERC Aquaculture Initiative Projects. This event also launched a ‘Technical Aquaculture Knowledge Exchange Group’, focusing on sharing best practice across aquaculture research facilities and highlighting opportunities for collaboration. Don’t miss our 3rd A.S.E. 2020 in Swansea next summer!

We also conducted a live delegate survey to find out the wants and needs of the community.
RESULTS OF STAKEHOLDER SURVEY HERE

ARCH-UK ANNUAL SCIENCE EVENT 2019 IN PICTURES…

 


KEYNOTE TALKS

Ally Dingwall

Ally Dingwall

‘UK Seafood Consumption – Double Trouble?’

Ally Dingwall, Sainsbury’s Supermarket Ltd
(summary by Joanna Gosling, ARCH-UK Project Manager)

Ally Dingwall set the tone for the ARCH-UK Annual Science Event with an engaging retail insight into the key challenges facing the sustainable development of UK aquaculture. Ally’s presentation was well-timed considering Sainsbury’s recent award of ‘best sustainable seafood supermarket in the world’ from the Marine Stewardship Council in 2017. The decrease in household seafood purchases from 151g (2010) to 136g (2016/2017) per person per week (Defra National Statistics: Family Food Purchases 2016/17), prompts the question: what are the barriers to seafood consumption in the UK?…’ READ MORE >

Prof Grant Stentiford

Prof Grant Stentiford

‘New paradigms in Invertebrate Health and Disease’

Prof Grant Stentiford, Cefas
(summary by Joanna Gosling, ARCH-UK Project Manager)

'Prof Grant Stentiford opened Day 2 of the ARCH-UK Annual Science Event, underlining the need to focus research efforts on addressing disease as the #1 issue limiting yield, reducing profit and preventing investment in global shellfish aquaculture. Grant explained that high disease emergence rates, a deficit in trained professionals and a lack of investment in animal health exacerbates this issue...’ READ MORE >

 

SESSION DISCUSSION SUMMARIES

Dr Suzi Billing, SAMS

Dr Suzi Billing, SAMS

SOCIAL ACCEPTABILITY AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
chaired by Dr Suzi Billing (pictured), summarised by Joanna Gosling

‘This session included an opening presentation from the newly appointed Head of the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling, Prof Selina Stead, who is also Chief Scientific Advisor of the Marine Management Organisation. This session focused on developing a socially sustainable aquaculture industry, with discussion on the topic: ’How do we progress the UK aquaculture industry so that it is socially acceptable as well as economically viable?’…

We also asked attendees of this session to identify the significant social barriers and opportunities in aquaculture.
RESULTS OF LIVE SURVEY HERE

FINFISH NUTRITION

by Prof Sam Martin (pictured) and Prof Douglas Tocher   ‘ …nutrition in aquaculture still faces many challenges, which include sourcing new raw materials to, not only replace fishmeal and fish oil, but also to reduce reliance on imported soy protein concentrate and vegetable oils that lack the important long-chain omega-3…the microbiome is now recognised as being central to the functioning of the intestine in all animals. Over recent years there has been a dramatic increase in work on the fish microbiota as evidenced by an ARCH UK microbiota workshop with 70 attendees in November 2018…. several themes emerged and were discussed in more detail such as public perception of aquaculture, including where the raw materials are sourced and consumer acceptance…’

by Prof Sam Martin (pictured) and Prof Douglas Tocher

…nutrition in aquaculture still faces many challenges, which include sourcing new raw materials to, not only replace fishmeal and fish oil, but also to reduce reliance on imported soy protein concentrate and vegetable oils that lack the important long-chain omega-3…the microbiome is now recognised as being central to the functioning of the intestine in all animals. Over recent years there has been a dramatic increase in work on the fish microbiota as evidenced by an ARCH UK microbiota workshop with 70 attendees in November 2018…. several themes emerged and were discussed in more detail such as public perception of aquaculture, including where the raw materials are sourced and consumer acceptance…’

FINFISH HEALTH AND WELFARE

by Prof Sandra Adams (pictured), Prof Chris Secombes and Dr David Verner-Jeffreys     ‘   …research challenges and priorities (as a result of a number of ARCH UK network discussions) were presented, these included:    1. Requirement for inter-disciplinary approaches.    2. Vaccines urgently needed against several key diseases employing novel vaccine strategies. Effective mucosal vaccine delivery vehicles and associated adjuvants are lacking.    3. Changes in culture systems present new welfare challenges e.g. growing fish in large off shore systems, or indoors on land; increasing use of cleaner fish and disease treatments.    4. Requirement for multi-scale modelling approaches: environmental, physiological, behavioural, pathogen prevalence/ diversity data need to be collated to predict new/ existing pathogens causing disease outbreaks….’

by Prof Sandra Adams (pictured), Prof Chris Secombes and Dr David Verner-Jeffreys

…research challenges and priorities (as a result of a number of ARCH UK network discussions) were presented, these included:

1. Requirement for inter-disciplinary approaches.

2. Vaccines urgently needed against several key diseases employing novel vaccine strategies. Effective mucosal vaccine delivery vehicles and associated adjuvants are lacking.

3. Changes in culture systems present new welfare challenges e.g. growing fish in large off shore systems, or indoors on land; increasing use of cleaner fish and disease treatments.

4. Requirement for multi-scale modelling approaches: environmental, physiological, behavioural, pathogen prevalence/ diversity data need to be collated to predict new/ existing pathogens causing disease outbreaks….’

SHELLFISH HEALTH AND DISEASE

by Prof Chris Hauton (pictured)     ‘   The session started with a keynote presentation from Dr Kelly Bateman (Cefas, Crustacean Health Theme Lead) which considered the necessity of applying multiple diagnostic methods (e.g. conventional histopathology, electron microscopy and molecular diagnostics) to accurately identify infectious agents in shellfish aquaculture, particular with reference to introduced or emerging diseases. Kelly presented a case study of viral disease description from the European shore crab, to support the argument that a single diagnostic method can lead to significant taxonomic errors in describing new diseases…’

by Prof Chris Hauton (pictured)

The session started with a keynote presentation from Dr Kelly Bateman (Cefas, Crustacean Health Theme Lead) which considered the necessity of applying multiple diagnostic methods (e.g. conventional histopathology, electron microscopy and molecular diagnostics) to accurately identify infectious agents in shellfish aquaculture, particular with reference to introduced or emerging diseases. Kelly presented a case study of viral disease description from the European shore crab, to support the argument that a single diagnostic method can lead to significant taxonomic errors in describing new diseases…’

STOCK ENHANCEMENT

by Prof Herve Migaud (pictured) and Prof Ross Houston   ‘ This session chaired by Profs. Herve Migaud and Ross Houston from the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling and the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, respectively, brought together experts from both industry and academia to discuss the stock improvement of commercially important species in the UK and globally (salmon, trout, shrimp, tilapia, oyster, lobster and cleanerfish)…’

by Prof Herve Migaud (pictured) and Prof Ross Houston

This session chaired by Profs. Herve Migaud and Ross Houston from the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling and the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, respectively, brought together experts from both industry and academia to discuss the stock improvement of commercially important species in the UK and globally (salmon, trout, shrimp, tilapia, oyster, lobster and cleanerfish)…’

 

PRESS ARTICLES

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‘The Power of a Good Story Cannot be Underestimated’

Benjamin Kao, SAIC Intern

‘…Looking at the bigger picture, I think that there may be systemic issues that the food industry as a whole would need to address with regards to the public’s relationships with food in general. It can be argued that the current generation is ever disconnected from their food sources, which results in the valuing of lower prices and convenience over quality and health. It may take concerted efforts for systemic cultural change to occur. This challenge presents new opportunities for the aquaculture industry to widen its market share in the UK, if the sector can share narratives that influence UK seafood consumption…’ READ MORE >







1st ARCH-UK ANNUAL SCIENCE EVENT
BELFAST, 4-5 September 2018

Agri-FOOD and BIO-SCIENCES INSTITUTE (AFBI) HEADQUARTERS, Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND

On 4th-5th September 2018, ARCH-UK HELD the 1st Annual Science Meeting in Belfast at the Agri-food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) Headquarters, Newforge Lane. The event gave a report on the current UK finfish (Iain Berrill, SSPO) and shellfish (Stefano Carboni, IoA) aquaculture industrial and research challenges. Additionally, an overview of the 2018 funded BBSRC/NERC Aquaculture Initiative projects (total £5.1 million investment by UKRI) was given by project leads.

There was a chance to meet talented Early Career Researchers (the next generation in aquaculture research) and network with the recently funded BBSRC/NERC project leads, senior academics, industry and government partners.

Link to a list of the 2018 funded BBSRC/NERC Aquaculture Initiative projects

*Programme* 
EVENT FLYER

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