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26 Jun 2019 Updated 26 Aug 2019

Aquaculture Innovation Centre Opens to Support Singapore’s Growing Aquaculture Sector

Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry officiates the launch

Joint Release

MR No.:039/19 

Singapore, Wednesday, 26 June 2019

  1. The Aquaculture Innovation Centre (AIC) is unveiled at Temasek Polytechnic (TP) today. Led by TP and supported by Enterprise Singapore, the AIC is the first Centre of Innovation (COI) to bring the vast knowledge and experience from different partners – tertiary institutes and government agencies – together through a consortium model.

  2. The partners include Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, James Cook University, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Singapore Food Agency (SFA).

  3. AIC will drive research and development, and co-innovation partnerships as well as offer training and development opportunities in three key areas:

    1. Nutrition, feeds, additives and feeding management – to improve knowledge base on nutritional requirements of the different fish species and corresponding growth stages
    2. Health and disease management – to provide guidance on appropriate aquaculture antibiotics and vaccines
    3. Genetics, breeding and seed production – to increase domestic supply of quality broodstock (mature fishes used for breeding) and seedstock for farming
  4. Ted Tan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Enterprise Singapore said, “The new Aquaculture Innovation Centre will provide a centralised platform of resources like expertise, infrastructure and manpower from the different partner institutions and government agencies. Individually, the various AIC partners are already doing great work to uplift the capabilities of our SMEs in the sector. By bringing them together, they can now tap complementary strengths and accelerate the development of sustainable aquaculture solutions to serve both the domestic and export markets. Enterprise Singapore is delighted to have played a catalytic role. The centre is a testament to our commitment to making Singapore an aquaculture hub.”

  5. In addition, the centre seeks to raise industry standards through product testing, certifications, and quality standards development. Conferences, workshops and joint research and development efforts are in the pipeline as the AIC looks to train aquaculture farmers of the future. The AIC is also currently engaged in a government-to-government project with Amaravati Partnership Office and a fine bubble project with Standards Development (SMF-SDO).

  6. Mr Peter Lam, Principal & CEO at TP said, “Temasek Polytechnic is proud to host and lead the initiatives of the AIC, in alignment with the nation’s efforts to transform food production processes and make Singapore’s food supplies more secure. The consortium will work together to provide effective sharing of resources, mentorship and expertise to companies.  We also look forward to developing the next generation of Singapore’s aquaculture talent.”

  7. The inauguration of the Aquaculture Innovation Centre will also include the inking of two memoranda of understanding (MOU). These are:

    1. MOU with HATCH Blue – The MOU with HATCH Blue, the world’s first aquaculture-focused accelerator, seeks to make aquaculture more appealing to the younger generation. The partnership includes the Aquaculture Innovation Challenge which targets students and researchers to develop solutions to solve industry problems in tropical aquaculture. HATCH Blue is also one of the co-investment partners that Enterprise Singapore’s investment arm, SEEDS Capital, has appointed to inject liquidity into Singapore’s agri-food tech ecosystem.
    2. MOU with Oceanus Group – The MOU between TP and Oceanus will look to deepen skills in the area of seafood aquaculture. Students and staff will get to work on joint projects and receive skills training at large commercial, land-based aquaculture farms under Oceanus. Additionally, TP students will also have the opportunity to attend structured overseas internship programmes.
  8. The AIC brings the total number of COIs housed at Singapore’s institutes of higher learning and public research institutes to ten. With each COI specialising in a different industry, numerous SMEs will now have access to technical facilities, training and consultancy services as they ramp up efforts to develop their research and technological capabilities.

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Fizzah Rahman

Enterprise Singapore

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Murugesh S/O K Verlachamy

Temasek Polytechnic

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E: murugesh@tp.edu.sg



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About Temasek Polytechnic

Established in 1990, Temasek Polytechnic (TP) is one of the leading institutions of higher learning in Singapore. Currently, it offers 37 full-time diploma courses in the areas of applied science, business, design, engineering, humanities & social sciences and informatics & IT. It also offers over 40 part-time courses, up to the advanced diploma level. TP students undergo a holistic learning system that combines hands-on experience, character education and relevant life skills, in an enriching learning environment. The polytechnic has also infused global realities into its programmes and developed a mindset on campus that embraces socio-cultural diversity. These ensure that TP graduates are ready for work or further studies, and to contribute meaningfully to the community.

For more information, please visit www.tp.edu.sg