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 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.
Sustainable Aquaculture Group Postgraduate Research Students contributed to the very lively 5th Institute of Aquaculture Postgraduate Research Conference on 17th April 2018 with posters by Anastasios Baltadakis, Akpojotor Ekpeki, Dimitar Taskov and Simao Zacarias.
Funding your studies is something that every Masters student will have to think about. With fees, living costs and often travel to pay for, the costs can stack up. 2015-16 Sustainable Aquaculture MSc student Julien Stevens found an enterprising way around this - crowd funding his research.
Professor David Little was recently interviewed by James Wright for the Global Aquaculture Advocate website and magazine. The interview considers current trends in aquaculture development and issues such as the attention that is now given to farmed animal welfare and how that is changing practices in both Europe and Asia.
BBSRC funded SNIPH (Enhancing Omega 3s in farmed fish ) project Annual Progress and Planning Meeting held in Tanzania 28 Feb - 2 March 2018
Professor Dave Little in Thailand for Eurastip project meeting with Dr. Chum-narn Pong-sri, Deputy Director General Dept. of Fisheries of Thailand this week. EURASTiP establishes and develops national and international networks relevant to industry needs and research and development prioritisation, capitalising on existing best practice, training and technology transfer.
Our research shows that common perspectives on aquaculture are wildly out of sync with current developments. In fact, the vast majority of farmed fish is consumed in the same developing countries where it is produced, and is widely accessible to poorer consumers in these markets. Most of it comes from a dynamic new class of small- and medium-scale commercial farms, the existence of which is rarely recognized. To understand the potential of aquaculture to feed the world, researchers and consumers need to appreciate how dynamic this industry is.
Trevor Telfer, John Bostock and other colleagues from the Institute of Aquaculture contributed to a recent Business Engagement Event organised by the University of stirling Faculty of Natural Sciences. Over 40 local organisations participated including several directly involved in the aquaculture sector.
PhD Simao Zacharias (Mozambique), and MSc alumni Nick Mendoza and Alexandra Pounds (US) have been recognised by Global Aquaculture Alliance for their contributions to the international aquaculture and related research sectors
Economist article including two former Institute of Aquaculture alumni Ben Belton and Mohammed Mahfujul Haque discussing influence of periurban growth on the significant development of aquaculture in Bangladesh over the last 20 years ........
The Scottish salmon farming industry could generate an additional £23.7 million a year if it used its salmon by-products more judiciously.
- New research from the Sustainable Aquaculture Group , has found that the total by-product value output could be improved by 803 percent (£23.7 million), based on 2015 figures, adding 5.5 percent to the value of the country's salmon industry.
Industry-academia PhD projects at the Institute of Aquaculture - Full details here....
The BBSRC-funded IMAQulate project held its second annual progress and planning meeting in Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, from 9th-15th January 2018. Partners from the UK, India, Bangladesh and Kenya met to discuss the progress made in situation analyses of PHP use on farms, hatcheries and nurseries, as well as microbiological analyses of PHP products and extraction and isolation of saponins from a variety of natural sources to test potential beneficial effects on fish immunity.
Professor Little writes from Cambodia:
I’m in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, home to the UNESCO World Heritage centre Angkor Wat, where a global workshop on nutrition-sensitive fish agri-food systems is just finishing.
The Institute of Aquaculture will be working with industry and government agencies on a nine-month study into the potential use of closed containment systems for early seawater stage rearing of salmon and trout in Scotland.
Dimitar Taskov, a PhD student representing the Institute of Aquaculture at Stirling University, gave a talk titled “Overview and financial performance analysis of the Bulgarian aquaculture sector” at the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Central-Eastern Europe’s (NACEE) Conference in Gorki, Belarus on 29th Nov 2017.
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".
Consultancy services involving our group and associates are available through "Stirling Aquaculture" - the consultancy and project management arm of the Institute of Aquaculture.