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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Final meeting for the BBSRC SNIPH project (Improving Omega 3 levels in farmed fish) was held in Stirling, on 26-27 August 2019.
Professor Dave Little presented at the EU Eurastip brokerage event:"Maximizing business opportunities between south-east Asian and European Aquaculture stakeholders" held in HCMC Vietnam with participants from EU, Bangladesh and Vietnam.
Between April and August 2019, Systems Group staff supervised ten Sustainable Aquaculture MSc projects of which eight were presented at a seminar during the closing week of the course.
Applications are now open for 2019 Commonwealth PhD Scholarships for citizens of high income Commonwealth countries.
The EC FP7 funded PAPUSSA project (2003-2006) showcased the status and future potential for periurban aquaculture (often recycling waste water and nutrients) in 4 SE Asian cities.
A report on Europe-Asia collaboration in training and education by John Bostock and an article on the economics of using Open Educational Resources in aquaculture education by Alexandra Pounds are now availble.
Simão Zacarias is currently in Thailand for the last research trials of his PhD on offspring (larvae, post-larvae and juveniles) produced from non-ablated broodstock.
The Third Annual Bonthe Oyster Festival was held in Sierra Leone in June 2019 with support from the Whitstable Oyster Company to promote value-added smoked mangrove oyster products
3 year GIZ WFC funded “Aquapreneurs” Small scale inclusive aquaculture value chain business models project opened with an Inception meeting (17-19th July 2019) in Blantyre, Malawi.
The Aquaculture Systems Group welcomed the visit of John Paterson & Frazer Lang (Chairman and CEO respectively) of the Scottish Africa Business Association (SABA) to discuss possible future collaborations.
Professor David Little attended the recent Agriculture, Nutrition & Health Academy (ANHA) in Hyderabad, India where he interviewed Dr Modadugu Vijay Gupta, Former Assistant Director General of WorldFish and pioneer of the blue revolution in Asia.
John Bostock attended the Annual Meeting of the European Aquaculture Technology & Innovation Platform in Brussles in June, representing the Institute of Aquaculture and making a presentation on Skills and Career Development.
Wesley Malcorps travelled several times to Iran and wrote a brief article with Dr. Arash Shirvani about Iran’s contribution to the global seafood markets; now published in the International Aquafeed Magazine.
David Little and Richard Newton have recently published an article in “The Conversation” looking at drivers for changes in feed formulation for salmon as the industry has expanded
Great opportunities for aquaculture to support moves towards healthy diets within planetary boundaries. EAT FORUM, Stockholm
PEDIGREE (2019-2020) is a one year ‘research into use’ project funded by BBSRC International Flexible Interchange Programme (I-FLIP). It builds on findings of the earlier IMAQulate project (2015-2019) which developed an indicator-based prophylactic health product (PHP) inventory, risk & efficacy prediction tool based on label-information and secondary indicators.
The Institute of Aquaculture was commissioned by the Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum (SARF) to carry out a study on the “Technical Considerations of closed containment sea pen production for some life stages of salmonids”.
Will Leschen was joined in the field by new PhD student Olek Kaminski in the final evaluation of the “Small-Scale Hatchery Aquaculture Seed Production (SHASP) project in Malawi.
John Bostock represented the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATiP) at a recent meeting of the Expert Group on Skills and Career Development in the Blue Economy.
The 2-year Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliance project “BlueEDU” was completed in January with the results now published on the project website.
Alexandra Pounds and John Bostock's research on the potential role for Open Education Resources in higher education aquaculture institutions has been published in Aquaculture International.
Wesley Malcorps, PhD student on the EU H2020 GAIN project is celebrating his first journal publication on “The trade-offs between marine and terrestrial resources as a result of fishmeal substitution by plant ingredients in shrimp feeds”.
Researchers field test a new health metric to identify adolescent girls at risk for malnutrition in Bangladesh.
Dr Richard Newton, one of the UK’s preeminent insect farming experts, explains why the sector has a long way to go before it can produce protein capable of competing with the commodities that are the current mainstay of the aquafeed industry. To read the full article click here
December 2018: William Leschen and Martin Haines carried out an initial scoping study visit to Zambia as part of a Norwegian/WorldFish Center WFC funded project to develop new curricula for two aquaculture vocational colleges NRDC and Kasaka in Zambia.
Wishing all our colleagues and associates a happy and peaceful Christmas and all the best for the New Year. We look forward to be working with you , pushing out the research and boundaries into 2019 as aquaculture continues to develop across the planet.
Institute of Aquaculture PhD student Wasseem Emam doing his field work in the Nile delta as part of the Newton British Council Funded BOLTI project. His PhD is investigating 'Different aspects on the welfare of farmed tilapia in Egypt'. The project is also working with the Faculty of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences of Kafr El Sheik University and WorldFish Center Abassa in partnership.
Professor Dave Little, alongside colleagues from the Wageningen University and Research, Michigan State University and Nangyang Technical University Singapore have published an introductory paper, ‘Emerging trends in aquaculture value chain research’, to a special issue of the journal Aquaculture on the same theme. See here video with Prof Simon Bush describing the background behind this new special edition on global value chains
Highlands & Islands Enterprise recently commissioned an update supplement to our 2014 “Review of Recirculation Aquaculture Technologies and their Commercial Application” which is now available via their website. It documents the increasing investment in RAS and implications for the Scottish aquaculture industry.
Systems group members contributed actively to a very successful AQUA 2018 Conference in Montpellier from 25-29th August 2018 providing ten presentations and chairing or speaking at several other sessions.