The Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum is a registered charity and an independent company whose main aim is to support research into aquaculture and related areas.

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SARF is pleased to announce a call for proposals for research and development projects in the following areas:

SARF112 - Influence of low frequency ADDs on cetaceans in Scottish coastal waters

SARFSP011 - Closed Containment Sea Pen Production for some life stages of Atlantic Salmon

SARFSP012 - Physical removal of sea lice during farming operations

The deadline for applications is: 17:00 Friday 8th April 2016

Applicants must ensure that they can comply with the terms and conditions of the standard SARF contract



SARF is busy with a wide range of current projects, with a total project value of almost £1 million. Subject areas range from shellfish planning issues to specific treatments for AGD and sealice. New projects are under consideration and the Board envisages new R&D projects in 2016.

SARF attended the BBSRC / NERC Aquaculture Research Workshop

BBSRC and NERC hosted a workshop at the end of March 2015, aimed at refining our collective understanding of key aquaculture research priorities. This fits well into the annual cycle for SARF's own prioritisation.


SARF Workshop 2015

SARF has not developed a specific themed Workshop for 2015, but the issue of marine planning remains topical. SARF is currently trying to arrange an internal workshop on methodologies and best practice in research application appraisal.