Viking Fish Farms
In 2005 Viking Fish Farms acquired the Ardtoe Marine farming Unit which was originally established in 1965 as a publicly funded aquaculture research station, and rapidly gained an international reputation in the development of techniques for rearing species such as turbot, sole, cod, haddock, halibut lobsters and scallops. Viking continues to carry out both in‐house and publicly funded research in marine aquaculture whilst also producing commercial quantities turbot, ballan wrasse, and sea urchin juveniles; native and Pacific oyster spat; and seaweeds, which are sold to farmers in the UK and elsewhere.
On site, the unit houses some of the largest marine experimental facilities in the UK, with tanks ranging from 3 litre aquaria to 160 m3 GCS units, including extensive photoperiod and temperature controlled multi‐replicate experimental tank systems. It also has extensive laboratory, workshop, office and library facilities. Recent and current research projects in which VIKI has been involved include: H2Ocean (FP7 KBBE), IDREEM (FP7 KBBE), EUROSHELL (FP7 KBBE), eFISHent (FP7 Research for the benefit of SMEs), CleanHatch (R4SME), ProSpawn (R4SME). The company is also involved in two EU/ERDF funded networking projects: Netalgae (COST Action) and Larvanet (ERDF Atlantic Area).