Blue Fashion

By: Wesley Malcorps

GAIN partner University of Stirling continues to share the produced videos for the series ‘Voices from the Water’.

These videos highlight interesting topics in the seafood industry.

Let me introduce you to Elisabeth Benonisen, a fashion designer and founder of STUDIO EBN – using salmon leather in responsible, handcrafted bags and accessories inspired by the Arctic nature.

You can check out her shop located in Bodø, Norway or online at https://www.studioebn.com/.

Check out and subscribe to our YouTube channel here to watch more videos.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is gain-logo.png

Surrounded by innovation

By: Meredith Burke and Catilin Stockwell

Over the past few decades, technological advances have completely revolutionized our society. It has influenced the way we live our lives, from the way we watch TV, to the way we conduct our scientific research. However, the aquaculture industry has fallen by the wayside. Big data, collected and distributed to our hands in the form of apps, have begun to dominate our world, so why is this not the case in one of the fastest growing industries in the world?

DSCN1889
Farming fish with the Atlantic Canada in the background

Atlantic Canada has recently emerged as a global leader in ocean technology, as well as playing host to one of the largest aquaculture companies in the world, Cooke Aquaculture. We have the unique opportunity of being surrounded by innovation. We are able to work side by side with the developers, as well as the consumers, to field test new technologies, and optimize their performance prior to commercialization.

However, aquaculture is still a relatively young industry, often operating in remote places, so introducing the use of technology has been difficult. Through research projects, we have been able to merge two key industry partners: ocean technology via InnovaSea, and salmon aquaculture, through Cooke, in order to improve management practices.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Meredith’s research focuses primarily on using real-time sensors to study water quality parameters, like oxygen and temperature, to understand how they vary through a farm, and what may influence these variations. At the same time, Caitlin uses acoustic telemetry to track fish movement in order to understand fish behaviour and improve welfare management. These two projects together allow us to provide a more holistic view of fish farming to create a more sustainable industry.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

We hope that our work will help inform other aquaculture industries throughout the world, to become more innovative, improve farming practices, and ultimately create happier and healthier fish, with the ability to feed a growing population.