Three MASTS Partners get Seafood Innovation Fund R&D award

The £10 million UK Seafood Innovation Fund will support the UK’s fishing, aquaculture and seafood industries to deliver cutting-edge technology and innovation. By supporting ambitious projects with a long-term view, the fund aims to kick-start a step-change in the productivity and sustainability of UK seafood into the future.

Running for three years, this programme administered by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), will share regular calls for applications, offering interested collaborators the chance to bid for up to £50,000 for feasibility studies, or up to £250,000 for full R&D projects.

Out of the 17 recently successfully announced second round of R&D projects, three are being led by MASTS partners Organisations: Heriot Watt University, University of St Andrews and University of Glasgow.


Low Impact Scallop Innovation Gear (LISIG) (RD099)

Heriot Watt University

Aim: The project aims to develop economically viable gear which reduces bycatch and environmental impacts associated with the UK scallop fishery to catch king scallops. More information here


Automated Shellfish Species, Size and Sex Identification System (AS3ID) (RD062)

University of St Andrews

Aim: This project aims to modify a prototype device which automatically identifies the species, size and sex of brown crabs and lobsters, so that it can be deployed on various types of fishing vessels. This will enable collecting verifiable data that could feed into stock assessments and more localised future fisheries management. More information here


In situ eDNA monitoring of planktonic threats to salmon aquaculture using a paper-based PCR device (RD108)

University of Glasgow

Aim: This project aims to identify key planktonic drivers of poor gill health using eDNA metabarcoding, and develop a paper-based PCR device for the detection of multiple planktonic agents on salmon farms. This will help to anticipate and mitigate planktonic threats, and therefore reduce salmon losses. More information here