• Date 16 Mar 2016
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16 Mar 2016, 10:00 - 17:00

South Gallery, Room 11 & 12

*Copies of presentations available in the 'Documents' tab below*

The opportunity to bring to the attention of the wider marine science and technology community the new challenges faced by the aquaculture sector is exciting and timely. The sector continues to grow globally and with this growth come new challenges that call for innovative research and technology solutions. The innovation thread runs through the 2016 programme and it is exemplified by presentations on the industry-led Innovation Centres that have been established recently in Norway and Scotland to facilitate collaborations with academic researchers. Questions of fish health, containment, environmental security, marine biofuel development and spatial planning all feature strongly in the industry’s strategic considerations and these themes are addressed in the programme.

Furthermore, the programme reflects the fast moving nature of the industry and the constant pressure to respond to new threats and opportunities; for example, the need to develop new sites in unsheltered waters demands new and innovative approaches to design moorings and anchors able to withstand severe weather conditions, to develop sensors and automatic measurement and telemetry systems for fish cages and to monitor the behaviour of farmed fish populations. Presentations on the exciting opportunities associated with attempts to developing fuel from the sea, the need to examine the possibilities for more land-based systems for aquaculture and the progress with marine shellfish farming, all signify new areas of exploration in the industry.

Conference Committee & Chairmen:

  • Professor Peter Davies, Chair at the University of Dundee, with interests in fluid mechanics in relation to aquaculture systems.
  • Alex Adrian, Aquaculture Officer for The Crown Estate, reflecting TCE’s aquaculture business interests around the UK in relation to finfish, shellfish and macroalgae.
  • Richard Slaski, Managing Director at Epsilon Resource Management Ltd, Executive Director of Fisheries Innovation Scotland (FIS) and Head of the Secretariat of the Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum with many years international experience in the fields of aquaculture, commercial production, fisheries and related marine environmental strategy and policy.
  • Professor Kenneth Black, Scottish Association for Marine Science, a researcher in marine science and sustainability with particular expertise in the environmental impact of aquaculture.


10:00-10:05 | Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:05-10:30 | Challenges Facing Offshore Aquaculture, Richard Slaski, Secretariat, Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum (SARF); Alex Adrian, Aquaculture Officer, The Crown Estate

10:30-10:55 | The Potential for Shortening the Pen-Based Phase of the Salmon Ongrowing Cycle: Strategic Implications, Keith Jeffery, Aquaculture Development & Bio-Diversity Support Officer, Cefas

10:55-11:20 | Innovative Mooring Technologies for Exposed Aquaculture Locations, Lawrie Stove, Managing Director, AquaMoor

11:45-12:10 | Offshore Mussel Farming: Theory and Reality, John Holmyard, Managing Director, Offshore Shellfish Ltd

12:10-12:35 | A Ruggedised, Deployable and Autonomous System for the Quantification of Faecal Indicator Bacteria in Natural Waters for Improving Biosecurity in Shellfisheries, Dr Jonathan McQuillan, Molecular Biologist, National Oceanography Centre

12:35-13:00 | A Centre for Research-Based Innovation in  Exposed Aquaculture Operations - Collaboration and Synergies between Maritime Industries within the "Ocean Space", Dr Arne Fredheim, Research Director - Department of Aquaculture Technology, SINTEF  Fisheries and Aquaculture

14:00-14:25 | Surface Water Quality Observation Moving to the Internet of Things Era: The EcoWatch, Marco Pieterse and Hans Wouter, Directors, BlueLeg Monitor

14:25-14:50 | A Novel System for Easy Access to Critical Parameters in Modern Fish Farms, Ketil Horn, Sales Manager, Nortek AS

14:50-15:15 | Satellite-Based Water Quality Monitoring for Shellfish Farms to Support Management Decisions, Dr Peter Miller, Principal Earth Observation Scientist, Plymouth Marine Laboratory

15:35-16:00 | Technology Innovation for the Aquaculture Sector; Needs, Opportunities and £££!, Dr Jason Cleaversmith, Director of Business Development, Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC)

16:00-16:25 | Marine Biofuel Production Technology, Dr Philip Kerrison, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Scottish Association for Marine Science

16:25-16:50 | Algal Biorefinery, Michele Stanley, Centre Lead for Marine Biotechnology, Scottish Association for Marine Science

This conference programme is CPD approved by IMarEST. Attendees are eligible for a CPD certificate, post event.

Presentations are subject to change


  • Peter Davies


    Professor of Fluid Dynamics

    University of Dundee

    Peter Davies is Professor of Fluid Dynamics at the University of Dundee and the Director of the National Telford Institute.  He graduated in...

  • Richard Slaski



    Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum (SARF)

    Richard graduated as a Marine Biologist a long time ago, and entered the then new industry of aquaculture. He worked with the ‘marine’ species such...

  • Alex Adrian


    Aquaculture Officer

    The Crown Estate

    Aquaculture Operations Manager for The Crown Estate, responsible for the organisation’s  finfish, shellfish and seaweed cultivation business...

  • Kenny Black


    Marine Science Researcher

    Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)

    Professor Kenneth Black has been a researcher in marine science at SAMS since 1991 and has published 72 ISI peer-reviewed journal papers on a variety...

  • Jason Cleaversmith


    Director of Business Development

    Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre

    Jason Cleaversmith joined the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) in April 2015 with a mandate to help transform the relationship between...

  • Arne Fredheim


    Research Director - Department of Aquaculture Technology

    SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture

    Dr. Arne Fredheim is the Research Director for the Department of Aquaculture Technology at SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture and Adjunct Professor at...

  • John Holmyard


    Managing Director

    Offshore Shellfish Ltd

    John has been farming mussels since 1988 and is now in the 3rd year of developing the equipment and management techniques required to operate a large...

  • Ketil Horn


    Sales Manager

    Nortek AS

    Ketil Horn completed his M. Sc. degree in Signal Processing at the Technical University of Trondheim (NTNU) in 1988. He then worked for nine years in...

  • Keith Jeffery


    Aquaculture Development & Bio-Diversity Support Officer


    Keith has worked at Cefas, Weymouth for the last 14 years spending much of this time carrying out statutory inspection duties on Aquaculture...

  • Philip Kerrison


    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Scottish Association for Marine Science

    Philip Kerrison is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in macroalgal cultivation, who has worked at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)...

  • Jonathan McQuillan


    Molecular Biologist

    National Oceanography Centre

    After graduating from the University of Manchester in 2002, including a year in the pharmaceutical industry  developing novel chemotherapeutic...

  • Peter Miller


    Principal Earth Observation Scientist

    Plymouth Marine Laboratory

    Dr Peter Miller is a principal Earth observation scientist with over 20 years’ experience and over 50 published papers, working at Plymouth Marine...

  • Marco Pieterse



    BlueLeg Monitor

    Marco Pieterse is an experienced venture developer, with an education in agricultural economics and marketing at the agricultural University of...

  • Michele Stanley


    Centre Lead for Marine Biotechnology

    Scottish Association for Marine Science

    Dr Michele Stanley has over 23 years’ research experience in the area of biochemistry and molecular biology. She has worked on applied phycology...

  • Lawrie Stove


    Managing Director


    Lawrie Stove is the founder of AquaMoor Limited, a company focused on developing innovative mooring technologies for niche applications. Lawrie has...


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