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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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.
Dr Francis Murray from the Sustainable Aquaculture Group gavea presentation on Recirculation Aquaculture Systems (RAS) at the October Singapore Aquaculture 2016 Conference.
Professor David Little through his presentation sought in this perception-reality analysis of shrimp, to contextualize the negative perception of the species that’s been playing out in the European media.
Dr Richard Newton from the Sustainable Aquaculture Group presented within the technical session on the collaborative work that has been on-going between IFFO and UoS since 2013 - Based on estimating quantities of raw materials for marine ingredient production. Click above for more details
"True Global Soul" - The Sustainable Aquaculture Group welcomed the visit of Stephanie Rakels, from Aqua-Spark, Global Investment fund, based in Utrecht, Netherlands, to the Institute. Stephanie gave a presentation at the Institute's Lunchtime Seminar Series on:
“Aqua-Spark, investing in sustainable aquaculture across the value chain”
A presentation titled "Maintaining the Value of Scottish Aquaculture By-products" was given today by Julien Stevens to representatives of the managerial team of Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd, UK's largest rainbow trout producer and processor.
AQUAEXCEL2020 is an EU Horizon 2020 project which supports transnational access and research coordination between the leading European aquaculture research infrastructures including the Institute of Aquaculture in Stirling. The second annual meeting was held in Crete from 11th to 14th October 2016 to review progress over the first year and work on plans and arrangements for future activities.
The TAPAS project, coordinated by Professor Trevor Telfer of the Sustainable Aquaculture Group, held a stakeholder workshop at Aquaculture Europe 2016 in Edinburgh on Friday 23rd September.
Lynne Falconer presented the EU H2020 TAPAS project (Coordinated by the University of Stirling) and John Bostock presented the EU H2020 PrimeFish project (Coordinated by MATIS) at a special EC DG-Research workshop on Aquaculture & Food Security held in Edinburgh on 20th September 2016.
Consultancy services involving our group and associates are available through "Stirling Aquaculture" - the consultancy and project management arm of the Institute of Aquaculture.