Aquaculture UK Exhibition - organised by 5m Enterprises

Aquaculture UK Exhibition - organised by 5m Enterprises

Aquaculture UK 2018


Aquaculture UK is the most important aquaculture exhibition and conference held in the British Isles. The show has a tremendous following and with continued investment it promises to reach even further across the broader aquaculture market, both in the UK and into Europe. Firmly establishing it as an important and truly international trade venue for the aquaculture industry. Over two days Aquaculture UK offers a valuable opportunity to network, discover new products and meet decision makers. No other UK event provides aquaculture professionals with such direct access to suppliers from all over the globe representing all aspects of the aquaculture industry. With representatives from all the major aquaculture countries in attendance the atmosphere is dynamic and exciting with open and friendly interaction between exhibitors and visitors.

Event Type:
Trade Show/Exhibition
May 23-24, 2018
Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort
Aviemore , UK

Alongside the exhibition Aquaculture UK hosts a series of presentations to provide visitors with professional updates from the industry. Some of these are organized by the Aquaculture UK event team, and others by various institutions, exhibitors and companies.

During Aquaculture UK 2016 around 40 speakers presented on a variety of subjects, these included there extremely popular Aquavation sessions from the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC).

In 2018 we plan to host a new series of presentations. Details will follow early 2018.


AquaGen held an open seminar to present the latest results from collaborative R&D that raised the prospect of making a significant contribution to dealing with the economically most important challenges that are affecting the industry in the Northern hemisphere.


Elanco Animal Health provided a platform for entries to the Elanco Young Scientist Award. The three finalists then presented at Aquaculture UK before the judges selected the winning student.

  • Comparing different histological methods to detect Desmozoon lepeophtherii in the gills of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) – Ana Herrero, Moredun Research Institute
  • Investigation of harmful phytoplankton and stinging cnidarian jellyfish on Atlantic Salmon gill health and the bacterial populations present on this tissue. – Morag Clinton, Scottish Oceans Institute, University St Andrews
  • Bacterial management in the early life stages of farmed ballan wrasse – Antonio Chalaris, Institute of Aquaculture, Stirling University


Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) presented The Aquavation Sessions: Sharing Advances, Accelerating Solutions

Session 1: Towards Precision Farming
Dave Ross, Senior Researcher at SRUC and lead partner in Innovate UK’s new Agri-EPI Centre, along with Dr Mark Begbie, Business Development Director at Censis, revealed some of the precision and sensor-driven technologies being successfully applied by other sectors, highlighting their potential benefit to the aquaculture sector. The session continued with short presentations by three technology specialists from AKVA Group, Mohn Technology and VAKI.

Session 2: Engineering Non-medicinal Solutions for Sea Lice
Dr James Bron from the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture outlined the size and scale of the sea lice challenge, before Kjell Maroni, R&D Director for Aquaculture at the Norwegian Seafood Research Fund, took to the podium to present the latest non-medicinal technologies being used in Norway.

Session 3: New Industry Approaches
Dr Iain Young, University of Liverpool, presented findings from a three-year project to develop sustainable and cost-effective waste management technology for the aquaculture and agriculture industries. Dr Alan Tinch, Director of Genetics at Hendrix Genetics Aquaculture, unveiled an innovative new use of genomics for breeding more robust salmon and trout.

Session 4: Shaping an Aquaculture Centre of Excellence
Delegates were encouraged to have their say on the proposed new Aquaculture Centre of Excellence by joining an interactive session the feedback from which helped to shape a Centre for the industry, by the industry.


Benchmark Animal Health invited specialists from agriculture and crop science will share their learning from other production sectors regarding parasite resistance and control, and discuss how they can be applied to aquaculture.

  • In Situ Cleaning – What About the Fish? – Björgólfur Hávarðsson, Steen Hansen
  • AT~SEA Technologies: Bringing Seaweed Farming Up to Date – Dr Adam Hughes


Nigel Balmforth, 5m Publishing, chaired a series of presentations highlighting the Importance of Education & Training in Aquaculture

  • The Aquatic Resources of Swansea University: Facilities, Research and Working with Industry, Paul Howes, Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Research, Swansea University
  • Working Together – How the University of Stirling Institute of Aquaculture’s Education and Training Programmes Engage with Industry, John Bostock, Institute of Aquaculture, Stirling University
  • Distance Learning in Aquaculture and its Importance to the Industry, Professor Neil Hazon, St Andrews University
  • New Courses for Continuous Professional Development in Aquaculture, David Babington, Improve international
  • The Importance of Publishing in Aquaculture, Nigel Balmforth, 5m Publishing


Aquaculture UK were delighted to provide a platform for the following presenters:

  • Satellite-Based Water Quality Monitoring for Shellfish Farms to Support Management Decisions, Dr Peter Miller, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • Horizon Proteins: Making Whisky Grow Salmon, Dr Aboubakry Diallo, Horizon Proteins, UK,
  • Are Sea Lice from Salmon Farms the Scourge of Wild Fish?, Dr Martin Jaffa, Callander McDowell
  • Post-Smolt Production in Recirculation Systems, Ivar Warrer-Hansen, Inter Aqua Advance
  • Consumer Demand – It’s Not All it Seems, Dr Martin Jaffa, Callander McDowell
  • Genomic Selection in Breeding Programmes for Aquaculture, Dr Sergio VelaAvitua, Akvaforsk Genetics Center, Norway

Aquaculture UK is the ideal venue

  • To launch new products and promote existing ones
  • Meet potential new customers
  • Foster and grow existing customer relations
  • Benefit from a comprehensive marketing programme

Connect with a global base of visitors from 30 countries

  • Decision makers from fish farming operations worldwide
  • Influencers from the hands-on level in the industry to the boardroom
  • Pre-eminent figures in aqua research
  • Influential , senior NGO and government agency executives involved in major aqua policy initiatives and issues.
  • Journalists from all the major aquaculture trade papers and magazines
  • Aquaculture students, – tomorrow’s industry leaders and teachers.

Unlike at many exhibitions, Aquaculture UK provides

  • Free entry for visitors
  • Free parking
  • No compulsory insurance charges

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