The Scottish Association for Marine Science LBG (United Kingdom)
SAMS is Europe’s oldest independent marine science organisation, dedicated to delivering marine science for a healthy and sustainable marine environment through research, education and engagement with society. SAMS has expertise in marine and coastal ecosystem ecology, ecosystem functioning, biodiversity and conservation. This is coupled with an ongoing research base in marine industries and the blue economy. This includes experience in the development of sustainable aquaculture, marine biotechnology, marine renewables, environmental ‘omics , the use of remote sensing including new platforms such as remotely piloted Aircraft and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles.
This marine science is increasingly being directed towards economic development and policy and regulatory support, both nationally and internationally.
SAMS has extensive experience of participating in and leading European projects dating back to FP4. Recently of note and relevance to this application SAMS has coordinated the FP7 project IDREEM which helped the development of IMTA (Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture) across Europe and AquaSpace which was a H2020 project aiming to understand spatial and socio-economic constraints on the expansion of aquaculture, and to test tools to help overcome these constraint.