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 meeting will be an in person meeting on Tuesday 18 October 2022 in London. This will run from 10.30am to 3pm BST. See our event page: Food security and the role of aquaculture
Previous two bite-size meetings
Funding innovation in UK aquaculture (30 June 2022). It is estimated that by 2030, 62% of all seafood produced for human consumption will come from aquaculture. Today, it is closer to 50%. Aquaculture has become more integrated into the global food system, with rapid growth in production and major transformations in feed ingredients, production technologies, farm management, and value chains. This meeting looked at how investment is helping to fund innovation in UK aquaculture. See the presentations from this session:
- Seafood Innovation Fund (SIF) funding UK aquaculture. Kerry I’Anson, Cefas.
- The impact of Scotland’s Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre’s activities. Heather Jones, SAIC.
- New project to receive funding: Integrating sustainable shrimp production in a changing agricultural landscape. Rod Wilson, University of Exeter.
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).
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)
- Subscribe to receive our monthly update and receive meeting details
ACIG bite-size meeting notes
- Funding innovation in UK aquaculture. 30 June 2022
- 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
ACIG monthly newsletters
For further information please contact Karen Green