Aquaculture Innovation Centre (AIC) is the first ever Centre of Innovation (COI) funded by Enterprise Singapore that adopts an inclusive and collaborative approach involving a consortium of 9 research institutes, agencies, universities and polytechnics.
AIC operates through co-operating and co-sharing of expertise, facilities, intellectual properties and resources amongst the AIC consortium members to work towards serving the needs of the local aquaculture enterprises for improving farm productivity.
To be a regional player for its innovation and technology in applied research and IP translation, quality consultancy services, training programmes and licensing of products and technologies with the objective of growing aquaculture enterprises locally and regionally.
AIC strives to support and develop the SMEs in the aquaculture industry with the aim of enhancing farming productivity through the following:
Sustainable intensive aquaculture production with innovation and technology
“Grow More with Less”: For a sustainable and higher farm productivity
“Zero Waste Management”: For greater environmental sustainability
Developing technologies that would lead to LESS:
✔ Healthier produce through development of vaccine and sensitive fieldable tests
✔ Faster growing through improving feeds and feeding management, as well as research in developing quality broodstock and hatchery
✔ Training manpower for better farm productivity, food produce traceability, farm operation and biosecurity
Temasek Polytechnic (TP) hosts a 1200m2 aqua-centric research and services facilities housed within the Centre for Aquaculture and Veterinary Science (CAVS) and Temasek Aquaculture Facility (TAF) in the School of Applied Science. Examples of facilities within TP that are available for services, research and training include the Aquaculture Research Facility, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories, Feed Making and Feed Analysis Laboratories as well as water and waste treatment, membrane technology, biological and chemical testing laboratories.
CAVS was appointed as the Technology Resource Centre for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation for Policy Partnership on Food Sustainability (APEC PPFS) particularly in the sustainable development of agricultural and fishery sectors in November 2017.
TP has a team of nutritionists, microbiologists, molecular biologists, biochemists, immunologists, veterinarians, and specialists. They are experts in water and membrane technologies, with capabilities in providing specialised services, including vaccine development and efficacy trials, evaluation of feed or product efficacy in growth performance, breeding, and hatchery and larviculture as well as testing services involving molecular biology, cell culture, serology, histoprocessing , microbiology, haematology and clinical chemistry.
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) has strengths in the life and physical sciences, as well as in engineering. Relevant to aquaculture, A*STAR has deep expertise in genomic technologies, image analytics, antimicrobial surface coatings, customised sensor technologies and networks, factory and process automation, artificial intelligence and modelling. These capabilities have applications for health and disease management of aquaculture species and improving energy efficiencies of aquaculture farms and related processes.
James Cook University (JCU) Singapore is recognised internationally as a leader in aquaculture research and training, with research expertise that specialises in the sustainable production of tropical aquaculture species, including finfish, marine shrimp, abalone, and ornamentals. The staff at the JCU Singapore campus are world-class experts in aquaculture selective breeding, nutrition and feed development, hatchery production and aquatic animal health. With a strong focus on industry-relevant outcomes JCU is ready to partner to conduct high-quality scientific R&D with commercial industry, government institutions, universities, polytechnics and other stakeholders.
Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) host the Centre for Aquaculture Diagnostics and Vaccines (CADV) within the School of Chemical & Life Sciences. In this centre, isolation and identifications of microbial pathogens from diseased aquatic animals can be conducted. The centre has the capability to do microscopy, molecular biology, protein technology, and microbial fermentation for the purpose of making prototype vaccines. CADV also holds a licence to Possess Veterinary Biologics (For Research & Development Purpose) obtained from the Animal & Veterinary Service, NParks. The centre undertakes projects such as development of autogenous fish vaccine, development of technologies for mangrove crab grow-out, fattening, and meat quality assessment
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) hosts two national research centres of excellence – the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) – that are tackling important questions in environmental sustainability and public health. The university also offers a Food Science and Technology programme to train students with adequate skills needed for the demands of national food security and associated new food industry, by developing modern technology for urban farming (agriculture and aquaculture) and increasing environmental sustainability.
National University of Singapore (NUS)’s Department of Biological Sciences is a research-intensive department with a focus on developing multi- and inter-disciplinary research platforms using various organism models, from plants to animals, that thread across different scales, i.e., from atomic, molecular, cellular, tissue, systems to organismal levels. It hosts both freshwater and marine aquarium facilities, used for the study of hatchery technology, feed development, spawning and rearing of marine fish. For larger running seawater aquariums, NUS has access to the facilities of the Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI) on St John’s island, thus extending the possibilities at NUS for multidisciplinary marine research.
Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) hosts a Centre for Aquatic Science and Technology within their School of Life Sciences and Chemical Technology, established to help improve farm productivity and explore new initiatives in sustainable aquaculture through research and consultancy projects, in areas such as feed development and recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). NP has expertise in molecular DNA and protein analysis, water purification technology, microbiology, and feed formulation for aquaculture.
Republic Polytechnic (RP) hosts a 180-square-metre Aquaculture Centre within their School of Applied Science, featuring both an indoor and outdoor laboratory, which supports research in marine science and aquaculture technologies. A joint-laboratory agreement was signed with James Cook University (JCU), which saw part of the aquaculture facility retrofitted with equipment for marine conservation and exploration cum surveillance work. The centre undertakes projects which include fish feed formulation, horseshoe crab and coral conservation, water quality management, anti-fouling and mathematical modelling approaches to optimise aquaculture.
The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) oversees food safety and food security from farm-to-fork, ensuring and securing a supply of safe food for Singapore. SFA’s Marine Aquaculture Centre (MAC), located on St John's Island, aims to deepen Singapore’s expertise in the areas of aquaculture genetics, nutrition and health. Since its set-up, MAC has focused on selective breeding of Asian seabass and undertakes R&D in large-scale hatchery production technology to ensure the long-term sustainable supply of marine fish fry. To enable researchers in Singapore to conduct aquaculture R&D and to facilitate the translation, MAC will contribute its expertise in the areas of fish husbandry and make available shared facilities such as replicated tank systems for research and incubator space for test-bedding and commercialisation of R&D results.
New Aquaculture Innovation Centre Seeks to Work with Other Players on Joint Research
ST Online (26 June) reported that the Aquaculture Innovation Centre (AIC) was unveiled at TP today, with Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry Dr Koh Poh Koon officiating the launch. The AIC is the first to run as a consortium so that various players from academia and industries can do joint research to strengthen the aquaculture sector.
Crab-in-a-lab Project a Sustainable and Clean Way to Restock Dwindling Numbers in the Wild
ST Online (26 June) ran a feature on TP’s R&D to combat the dwindling number of mud crabs due to over-harvesting and bad weather conditions, to meet Singaporeans' insatiable appetite for chilli crab and black pepper crab. A project which started five years ago with three or four mud crabs obtained locally, TP scientists have successfully produced some 300 crabs within 15 months, through a few batches of spawning.
Crabs Reared Sustainably to Help Boost Singapore's Food Security
ST (p.A1 & A3, 27 June) and TNP (p.2, 27 June) reported on the unveiling of the Aquaculture Innovation Centre (AIC) in TP yesterday, by the Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Trade & Industry Dr Koh Poh Koon. It noted that Singapore is on a mission to have local production account for 30 per cent of its food needs by 2030. Currently only 9 per cent of the country's fish consumption is produced locally. AIC Director Dr Lee Chee Wee was quoted, sharing that the centre aims to attract firms from other sectors to develop high-tech marine farming. AIC's main focus during its first three years will be on optimising nutrition for food fish.
The article also highlighted ongoing projects to grow crustaceans at the Aquaculture Research Facility within the Centre for Aquaculture and Veterinary Science (CAVS) at TP, amid efforts to increase local food production. The research team have created the first batch of home-grown pellets in the institute's feed-making facility to create the most optimal feed for the crabs so they can survive and grow faster. The project's immediate goal is to build a crab hatchery to supply high-quality crablets to local farms by the end of the year. Dr Diana Chan, Head of CAVS was quoted.
Aquaculture Innovation Centre To Promote Innovation And Training
LHWB (p.6, 26 June), LHZB (p.10) and TM (p.2) also reported on the AIC launch. The report noted that AIC will collaborate with both public and private organisations, including institutes of higher learning and SMEs, to promote aquaculture innovation and training with the aim of raising production and efficiency. Supported by Enterprise Singapore, AIC will begin operations next month and work with several partners, including NP, RP, NYP, NUS, NTU, James Cook University, A*STAR and Singapore Food Agency. AIC Director, Dr Lee Chee Wee, was quoted.
New Innovation Centre at Temasek Polytechnic to Drive R&D in Aquaculture
News on CNA, Channel 8 and Vasantham (26 June) reported on the launch, and included interviews with Dr Lee Chee Wee, AIC Director.
The Vasantham news report featured an interview with Dr Saravanan Padmanabhan, Assistant Director of Technology Development at TP School of Applied Science.
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