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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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".
Aquaculture: Pandering to the elite or a tool for rural development and food security - South African student refers to Professor Little's Uppsala presentation in her blog......
Professor David Little gave a presentation entitled Diverse aquaculture and its societal impacts - Roles of South - south learning .... at the Agriculture for Development Conference Uppsala Sweden 21st Sept 2017
We are delighted to launch the IMAQulate website today!
With information on the project team, workplan and resources, it will be updated regularly with news of our activities! The BBSRC funded IMAQulate Project is working in India Bangladesh and Kenya to look into the use of Prophylactic Health Products (PHP's) in the shrimp and finfish aquaculture sectors in each country.
The Institute of Aquaculture welcomed 4 visitors from the South African Dept of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries this week
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.
Consultancy services involving our group and associates are available through "Stirling Aquaculture" - the consultancy and project management arm of the Institute of Aquaculture.