Sustainable Aquaculture @ Stirling
Global perspectives for local & sustainable development
Web pages for the Aquaculture Systems Group at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, UK.
We address the key areas of long term Resilience and Sustainability of the Sector resulting in improved Aquatic Food Security. Our approach is multidisciplinary and strongly integrated both within the Aquaculture Systems Theme and across other thematic groups within the Institute of Aquaculture. Activities encompass environmental modelling, all forms of carrying capacity, spatial analysis, biodiversity and new species, international development, securing and improving fishers' livelihoods, value chains and life cycle assessment. Much of this operates under the guidelines of the Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture. We are organised through two teams: "Environmental Management" and "Society & Technology Interface".
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Members of the BlueEDU consortium (EU Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliance project) met in Stirling in mid November to review progress and work on detailed plans for the second year of the project (2018).
William Leschen recently visited southern Malawi for the Scottish Govt funded 3 year SHASP project - which is developing financially viable small scale pond hapa based tilapia fingerling producers within a 100km radius of Blantyre.
The Institute was recently visited by colleagues from Shanghai Ocean University (SOU) with talks carried out with members of the Sustainable Aquaculture Group towards future potential collaborations
Sponsored by the Seafood Importers’ and Processors’ Alliance, we have recently conducted a risk assessment of shrimp products available to consumers in the EU using the EU’s database of imported consignments which have failed regulations, the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feeds (RASFF).
Following on from work with The Marine Ingredients Organisation (IFFO) investigating potential to increase global fishmeal and fish oil supplies from by-products, Julien Stevens, built on the work of Dr. Richard Newton, first in an MSc project and then with a follow up project to investigate how by-products from Scottish farmed salmon are utilised, and how value and efficiency could be added.
IMAQulate project postdoc Mahmoud El Thoth has been in Andhra Pradesh since September conducting these surveys, assisted by a team of student enumerators from Pithapur Rajah's College, Kakinada. Together they have conducted around 200 surveys of farmers across the state.
John Bostock participated in Aquaculture Singapore 2017from 3-7th October, providing a workshop on Case Studies in Intensification and Disease Management in Pond, Cage and Recirculated Aquaculture Systems, and a seminar presentation on "Know why, know when and know how for aquaculture intensification".
Aquaculture: Pandering to the elite or a tool for rural development and food security - South African student refers to Professor Little's Uppsala presentation in her blog......
Professor David Little gave a presentation entitled Diverse aquaculture and its societal impacts - Roles of South - south learning .... at the Agriculture for Development Conference Uppsala Sweden 21st Sept 2017
We are delighted to launch the IMAQulate website today!
With information on the project team, workplan and resources, it will be updated regularly with news of our activities! The BBSRC funded IMAQulate Project is working in India Bangladesh and Kenya to look into the use of Prophylactic Health Products (PHP's) in the shrimp and finfish aquaculture sectors in each country.
The IMAQulate project team recently returned from a trip to Andhra Pradesh, India, where they met with stakeholders to discuss the initiation of a probiotics trial.
Dr. Richard Newton and Prof. Dave Little published a paper in the upcoming special edition "Challenges and best practice in LCA's of seafood and other aquatic products" of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment.
Malaysian researcher Umi Salmah from the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture and funded by the BBSRC Newton Fund Global Research Partnership (GRP): IMAQulate Project conducting her studies within the disease challenge facility of Fish Vet Group Asia based in Chonburi Thailand
Thi Be Gam Tran, a Vietnamese national started her MSc thesis project to review recent changes in the sector and describe the current practices of sludge removal management in Pangasius farms and other uses of the sludge in the Mekong Delta
John Bostock, Richard Newton and MSc Aquaculture student Alex Pounds all attended the Asia Pacific Aquaculture conference in Kuala Lumpur where they presented their work on the H2020 EURASTIP project.
MSc student Alexandra Pounds is working with the group to carry out a study on the current use and future potential for Open Educational Resources to enhance knowledge and skills for the aquaculture industry worldwide.
Will Leschen attended the conference the first of its kind on the African continent - chairing a session, presenting - as well as announcing the winners of the SARNISSA African Aquaculture Network Cage Culture Photos competition. There were many participants from all sectors- commercial research academia government - from throughout the continent and also globally.
Scottish undergraduate intern Marion Short is carrying out a 6 week tilapia feed trial (monosex vs mixed sex) on a commercial fish farm in Thailand. Marion is working in conjunction with Institute's Ghanaian student Dorcas Mensah's MSc thesis project under the supervision of Professor David Little - The project and internship is being sponsored by international aquaculture company Grobest and Sainsburys supermarket.... Thanks also to Nam Sai Farms ......
Julien Stevens produced his MSc dissertation on utilising the Scottish Salmon industries byproducts and implications for sustainability and was invited to present the main findings at a panel in the Seaweb Seafood Summit underway in Seattle.
On 1st June 2017 John Bostock attended the kick-off meeting of a new expert group established by the European Commission to advise on skills and career development in the "blue economy". It is anticipated that the process will help encourage more interdisciplinary collaborations and encourage innovations in training provision across the sector.
Sustainable Aquaculture Group PhD Students: Simao Zacharias is a PhD student from Mozambique working in Hondurason Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) maturation, welfare and culture project collaborated by Lyons Seafood, Global Aquaculture Alliance and Seajoy Seafood.
May 2017 : The Sustainable Aquaculture Group welcomed Professor Maged El Kemary from Kafr El Sheik University located in the middle of the commercial tilapia farming industry in the Nile Delta Egypt
Institute of Aquaculture partnering in NESTA Global Innovations Fund Aquaculture Prize development in Bangladesh and India.
Bangladeshi Stakeholders Validation and Feedback Workshop in Dhaka 28 May 2017 attended by private commercial, research, govt and NGO sectors
As a result of recent organisational changes within the Institute of Aquaculture we are now the "Aquaculture Systems Theme" (replacing the "Sustainable Aquaculture Research Group") with two teams - Environmental Management and Society & Technology Interface.
This is a Newton Institutional Link Project coordinated by researchers from Stirling University and Kafrelsheikh University in collaboration with Europharma UK, WorldFish Centre Egypt and Egyptian Union of Fishermen Cooperatives on behavioural prophylaxis for improved culture system design and management in the Egyptian tilapia industry.
John Bostock attended the first meeting of the EU Erasmus+ BlueEdu project in Brussels. This aims to identify skills gaps within the European aquaculture workforce, evaluate education and training demand and supply, and establish industry and education and training providers’ receptiveness to innovative delivery methods.
Consultancy services involving our group and associates are available through "Stirling Aquaculture" - the consultancy and project management arm of the Institute of Aquaculture.