AIC strives to support and develop the SMEs in the aquaculture industry with the aim of enhancing farming productivity through the following:
Facilitate new growth areas by regularly scanning the environment; identifying and developing emerging technologies or other areas of growth that are important for capability building to support sustainable development and growth of the aquaculture industry.
Drive farm productivity and product quality by providing product evaluation or testing services, applied research and innovative technology development including precision technologies that could help drive sustainable and intensive aquaculture.
Support safety, environmental sustainability and manpower productivity by educating and training manpower in aquaculture standards and best practices for better farm operation, biosecurity, environmental sustainability and workplace safety.
Raise resource efficiency and sustainability for applied research and services through cooperation, co-sharing of existing resources, space and pooled expertise from institutes of higher learning, agencies and research institutes.
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:
Water usage – water technology that could support intensive cultivation for urban farms
Land usage – vertical growing on smaller footprint; containment culture systems with controlled environment
Manpower reliance – smart or precision technology: IoT, sensor and automation; self-cleaning technology for tanks and net cages
Environmental pollution – animal waste treatment or by-product recycling; digestible
Production cost – cost-effective and efficient. Examples:
✔ 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.
Feed development & performance
Feed quality testing
Live feed enrichment & production
Fish meal replacement with alternative food source
Evaluation of feed or product efficacy
Breeding, hatchery & larviculture
Selective breeding & seedstock development
Diagnostic lab test method development
Pathogen challenge studies
Water technology & waste treatment strategies
Material development for Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS)
Smart urban aquaculture technology development
Customised training, certification programme, seminar & workshop
Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.
The Straits Times and TNP featured the launch of the Aquaculture Innovation Centre, that was officiated by Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade & Industry. The articles spoke about how the centre will focus on optimising nutrition for food fish during its first three years of operations and other ongoing projects that the centre is involved in.
Aquaculture Innovation Centre To Promote Innovation And Training
Centre Director Dr Lee Chee Wee and Dr Saravanan Padmanabhan, Assistant Director of Technology Development at the School of Applied Science were featured in television interviews by Channel NewsAsia, Channel 8 and Vasantham.
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