Sustainable Aquaculture @ Stirling
Global perspectives for local & sustainable development
Web pages for the Aquaculture Systems Theme 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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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.
The Sustainable Aquaculture Research Group has been recently augmented with the arrival of Dr Shui Yan, a visiting Research Fellow from the Freshwater Fisheries Research Centre, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences in Wuxi.
Message from Malcolm: "I will continue to lead the Aquaculture Branch (FIAA) of the FAO, through the second year of the planning biennium. We continue to support countries and partners in their endeavours to maximise the potential of aquaculture to meet their economic, social and environmental goals and to develop and share information on aquaculture technologies and development via a range of publications."
Francis Murray, Dimitar Taskov and John Bostock hosted a meeting of Workpackage 3 of the EU Horizon 2020 PrimeFish project in Stirling at the end of November 2016.
Professor Dave Little & Will Leschen working together with Drs Sonia Planellas and Simon Mackenzie from the Inst's Fish Health and Biotechnology groups in Egypt for fish health related workshops & setting up real-time PCR field diagnosis under a 2 year British Council Newton funded Institutional Links project with Kafr El Sheik University, the World Fish Center and the Egyptian Union of Fishermen and Fish Farmers.
In October, Trevor Telfer and Lynne Falconer attended a WP3 workshop in Wageningen, The Netherlands, about Environmental Risk Assessment models and in November, they attended a Steering Committee and Case Study meeting in Brussels to plan future work of the TAPAS project.
John Bostock & Will Leschen from the Sustainable Aquaculture Group Institute of Aquaculture on 16th November 2016 attended the Inception meeting in London of a new Global Innovation Fund NESTA project which is setting up a new innovative investment "prize" delivery model for developing aquaculture for lower income individuals in Bangladesh and India.
Institute of Aquaculture Lunchtime Lecture Series Wednesday, 9/11/2016: Pierre-Olivier Maquart PhD student from the Sustainable Aquaculture Group gave a presentation to the Institute of Aquaculture on: “From waste to feed: the Black Soldier Fly as a novel feed source for monosex tilapia fry.”
Dr Mahmoud El Tholth of Kafr El Sheik University last week visited the Sustainable Aquaculture Group at the Institute as part of the DFID Newton funded BOLTI project which is looking at Behavioural Prophylaxis as a potentialfish health management strategy for the Egyptian commercial tilapia farming sector.
The Sustainable Aquaculture Research Group hosted a small delegation from Hainan University on Friday 4th November to explore areas of common interest for future collaboration.
John Bostock joined Dawn Purchase (MCS) and Daniel Lee (GAA) to present in a special session on aquaculture at the Marine Conservation Society Annual Meeting which was held at Edinburgh Zoo on 26th October 2016.
Consultancy services involving our group and associates are available through "Stirling Aquaculture" - the consultancy and project management arm of the Institute of Aquaculture.