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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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.
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.