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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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.
The EURASTIP Project held a capacity building foresight workshop in association with Aquaculture Europe 2018 in Montpellier. This focused on Europe-Asia collaborations in education and training and had the general theme of "Ensuring Aquaculture Education Meets the Needs of the Aquaculture Sector."
John Bostock joined with colleagues from other partners in the Primefish project to deliver a Summer School on fisheries and aquaculture economics and marketing from 6th to 10th August 2018.
Abdullah-Al Mamun and David Little participated in the third Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Academy week which was held in Accra, Ghana from 25th to 29th June 2018.
The University of Stirling hosted a second Seafood Consumption Initiative Workshop on 14-15th June 2018 to help create an interdisciplinary platform to respond to calls under the UK Global Challenges Research Fund.
Prof. David Little led the Institute of Aquaculture's Research Colloquium on 18th May, bringing together various strands of research from the Society and technology interface team within the Aquaculture Systems Group at the institute of Aquaculture on the theme of “Poverty & Aquaculture”.
The University of Stirling, along with 10 other organisations from Europe, the US and Canada, is a partner in the newly-launched GAIN (Green Aquaculture Innovation) project, led by the University of Venice with the dual objectives of increasing production and competitiveness of the industry, while ensuring sustainability and compliance with EU regulations on food safety and environment.
Tori Spence-McConnell, Senior Aquaculture Scientist at Monterey Bay Aquarium, visited the Institute of Aquaculture to give a seminar on the Aquarium's 'Seafood Watch' programme to help consumers and businesses make choices for a healthy ocean.
Professor Dave Little attended the Southeast Asia Fisheries and Aquaculture Initiative (SAFAI) launch as a part of a newly formed Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to provide guidance and expertise in support of the initiative. The initiative is led by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
The sustainable Aquaculture Group participated in the University of Stirling Research Week 2018 through Pecha Kucha style presentations on our research themes and projects. Each presentation is 20 slides of 20 seconds each with the aim of communicating key ideas in an accessible format.
We are currently recruiting a PhD student to work on performance assessment of emergent aquaculture technology: towards enhanced benefits for producers and consumers.