ARCH-UK AT ASSG:
ARCH-UK will have a stand at the Association for Scottish Shellfish Conference in Oban, Scotland, and giving a presentation to update the community on ARCH-UK activites. If you would like to find out more about ARCH-UK or ask about our recently drafted Working Group reports we'd love to hear from you!
- Registration: Link to register for ASSG here
- Accommodation/Travel: Oban is a relatively small town, The Corran Halls are at the opposite end of town to the train station but still only a 5-10 minute walk away. The bus station is located right next to the train station. Buses from Glasgow airport or Glasgow train station can be booked with CityLink here. The bus from Glasgow to Oban takes just under 3 hours and the direct train takes 3.5 hours. Please note there are only about 3 trains and 3 buses a day from Glasgow to Oban so please check your connection times.
There is no train connection between Fort William and Oban however there are a few CityLink buses.
There are plenty of hotels in Oban as it is a holiday destination. Most are within walking distance of The Corran Halls.
GENERAL INFO ABOUT ASSG CONFERANCE FROM THEIR WEBSITE:
"Scottish Cultivated Shellfish – New Horizons"
Fergus Ewing, Minister for Rural Economy and Connectivity will be opening the conference at noon on 26th October.
The usual broad range of topics will be discussed; Ally Dingwall of Sainsbury’s will examine consumer expectations of shellfish, Rod Cappell of Poseidon will report back on findings relating to critical mass to assist the economics of shellfish production. There will be international input with speakers from France and USA talking on topics as diverse as regulatory controls in different parts of the world and hatchery development.
The practical aspects highly relevant to shellfish farmers will be covered by reports on satellite tracking of algal blooms and water quality, bio-security planning, and environmental variables affecting mussel stocks.
The practical applications as practiced in Scotland will also feature with reports of the development of the mussel hatchery in Shetland, a report from SAIC on innovation in shellfish production and also how research can help the industry from ARCH UK.
The conference will conclude with a talk on the Aquaculture Industry Leadership Group talking on the future aims of the industry and how to bring them about and Seafood Scotland on its promotion.
The ASSG is immensely grateful for the sponsorship of Crown Estate Scotland and the co-sponsorship of SeaFish Industry Authority and Marine Scotland without which the conference would not be possible.