Aquaculture Common Issues Group
The ACIG provides a safe meeting space to discuss the key challenges facing the industry to deliver responsibly farmed finfish and shellfish. People take part to keep-up-to-date with the latest developments, to be part of a cross-industry discussion and listen to the issues raised by other parts of the industry. They can also raise their own issues, network with other people or make new contacts.
The group is led by our industry and we take responsibility for running the ACIG. The Group has met twice a year since 2009. The ACIG brings together people who represent the retail, producers, food service and restaurant industry. Other people who attend are not-for-profit environmental voluntary groups, consumer groups, government, scientists and industry bodies.
There are generally two meetings a year. The presentations and minutes from the most recent meetings are below. Presentations and minutes from previous meetings are available from Karen Green.
Due to COVID we are running shorter online bite-size ACIG meetings at the moment.
The next online meeting will be in May 2022. For further information, please contact: Karen Green
Previous two bite-size meetings
Digitalisation in aquaculture (24 March 2022). Innovation in new technologies, especially tools using big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence allow companies in the aquaculture production sector to increase their efficiency, in terms of production methods, resource use, capital expenditure and sustainability. It has been estimated that currently less than 100,000 farmers are using full-suite digital solutions. While not all farmers can afford full-suite coverage, partial digital solutions are proving beneficial for farmers of all sizes. This meeting looked at how improvements in precision farming, farming practices and profitability can be achieved with the help of data technologies, and how increased forecasting and modelling capabilities may improve management decisions. See the presentations from this session:
- AquaInsights - an overview. Willem van der Pijl, Editor-in-Chief Aqua Insights, AquaSpark.
- Applying breakthrough technological developments to aquaculture. Nathan Pyne-Carter, Ace Aquatec.
- The digital transformation of oyster farming. James Horton, Chief Technology Officer, SmartOysters (soon to be OceanFarmr).
Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) in the UK (26 January 2022). Recirculating aquaculture systems, or RAS, provide a constant and controlled environment to rear farmed fish. They minimise water consumption, control culture conditions and allow effective management of waste streams. They can also provide some degree of biosecurity through measures to isolate the stock from the external environment. The rate of adoption of RAS in the aquaculture industry has been growing fast worldwide. The English Aquaculture Strategy from Seafood 2040 highlighted the growing investment in RAS and its potential to become a major contributor to English aquaculture and seafood production. This meeting looked at what is happening in the UK. See the presentations from this session:
- The sustainability credentials of RAS, including opportunities and constraints that RAS attributes present for different types of sustainability certification. Francis Murray, Associate at ForesightAqua.
- RAS industry veteran presenting on his activities in RAS, including the trials and tribulations of RAS set-up and operation. Richard Prickett, Dorset Cleaner Fish.
- We also heard from two new two RAS-orientated ventures bringing a different perspective and focus – on development (Andrew Whiston, RASTECH), and production (Noola Redclaw).
Terms of Reference and archive
- We have archived presentations from previous ACIG bite-size meetings. These are available from Karen Green.
- Notes and minutes on the bite-size meetings can be found below.
- Presentations from our face-to-face ACIG meetings are available from Karen Green
- View the Aquaculture Common Issues Group Terms of Reference (March 2019)
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ACIG bite-size meeting notes
- Digitalisation in aquaculture. 24 March 2022
- Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) in the UK. 26 January 2022
- Aquaculture responses to the climate change crisis. 8 September 2021
- Climate change impacts for aquaculture. 27 May 2021
- Feed resilience and novel aquafeed ingredients. 17 March 2021
- Supporting aquaculture growth through innovation. 13 January 2021
- Future strategies for UK aquaculture production. 21 October 2020
- Telling the story of responsibly farmed seafood. 5 August 2020
- Farmed seafood - the market and perceptions. 24 June 2020